Hackers release information taken from four UBC servers

VANCOUVER BC – For the first time, UBC may not be happy to be on the same list as Harvard and Cambridge.

Four of UBC’s servers were hacked on October 1 as part of an attack by the hacker group Team Ghost Shell, which released 120,000 files from 100 universities across the world. One other Canadian university, McMaster, was also a target.

Randy Schmidt, associate director of UBC Public Affairs, said the four UBC servers that were hacked had lower security measures, making them more vulnerable than other servers on campus.

“The most concerning piece for us was the server that had to do with the linguistics course, and so I understand that full or partial names of 90 students were part of that, along with usernames and passcodes to the course accounts,” said Schmidt. “All the other information seems relatively innocuous.”

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UBC computer with sensitive data recovered

The University of B.C. is reviewing its security procedures after the theft of a laptop containing personal information on thousands of students and faculty members.

RCMP retrieved the computer last month, 10 days after it was stolen from a vehicle in the Metrotown area.

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