Harvard Hacked For Second Time This Year

Harvard University revealed it has been hacked — again.

While the breach occurred weeks ago, the news just surfaced yesterday when Harvard confirmed the news from multiple media outlets. A cyber alert was released recently saying that on June 19 there was an “intrusion on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Central Administration information technology networks.”

“Since discovering this intrusion, Harvard has been working with external information security experts and federal law enforcement to investigate the incident, protect the information stored on our systems and strengthen IT environments across the University,” the online memo reads. “At this time, we have no indication that personal data, research data or PIN System credentials have been exposed. It is possible that Harvard login credentials (username and password) used to access individual computers and University email accounts have been exposed.”

As a Forbes article pointed out, this was the second breach for the university in a four-month period. The news of this hack comes at the same time that other high-profile hacks have been discovered — such as the recent government breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that could have impacted up to 4 million records. In the case of that breach, it was revealed recently that the OPM data breach went undetected for a year.

In the memo from Harvard, university officials noted that the Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Dental Medicine were not impacted. For those that were potentially affected, the officials urged those to update devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, that run on Harvard’s network and to change passwords to those devices.


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