Four McMaster University computer servers hacked

Four McMaster University servers were the latest in an internationally spread hack attack by a cyber-group dubbed Team GhostShell.

McMaster University was one of the 100 schools hacked in protest of the current state of education and the latest in “ProjectWestWind.”

McMaster reported security breaches in servers at the Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, the Origins Institute, the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The hackers copied older data, much of which is already publicy available, said Gord Arbeau, McMaster director of public and community relations. This includes lists of people who attended some departmental events.

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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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Ontario: Slick hacker hits student data

ON, CANADA — A massive security breach at the Thames Valley District school board rippled through the online world Thursday, leaving 27,000 area high school students scrambling to change their passwords for everything from Facebook to bank accounts.

Read more in the London Free Press.

Winnipeg: Unauthorized access gained to College of Physicians and Surgeons’ website

MB, CANADA — The College of Physicians and Surgeons sent a warning letter to its members Monday about an on-line attack that resulted in unauthorized access to the password-protected section of its website.

Read more on Winnipeg Free Press dated October 12, 2010, here.

Canadian Standards Association webserver hacked, personal information and credit cards compromised

Original incident report by DATALOSS db on January 21, 2008

ONTARIO – DATALOSS db incident ID 1445 reports, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) web site server was hacked; names, addresses, credit card account numbers including expiration dates exposed. [Read more…]

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