Canada’s University of Waterloo has been hit with a ransomware attack. The attack, launched by an unknown cybercriminal group, targeted the university’s email systems. According to Jacinda Reitsma, the school’s Vice President, the university stopped an attempted ransomware attack on May 30th and is working to limit the impact of the initial breach that preceded the cyberattack. Waterloo University is in Ontario, Canada and boasts more than 40,000 students. “We are aware of a breach involving our on-campus email service (Microsoft Exchange). This service has now been isolated. Most Microsoft Exchange accounts are currently housed in the cloud and are not affected,” Reitsma said. “This means that for most people on campus, your email access is unaffected. As we continue to investigate the impact of this breach, we may need to isolate more services which means you may not be able to access some systems throughout the day today.” In an update on June 1st, the school revealed it was initiating a complete system shutdown and reset. Online resource access was impacted by the outages. On June 2nd, Reitsma said the shutdown was a success but recommended that staff and students change their passwords by June 8th. Those who fail to update their details by then will be locked out of their accounts.
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