As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Kent State University is among the 24 organizations that have been recognized as having software on their computers, which gave hackers possible access into a data.
"We are aware of the situation and are assessing this serious issue," said a Kent State spokesman. Eric Mansfield, in a statement to cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer.
However, Mansfield declined to further analyze the situation, including the type of information that may have been compromised.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Kent State computers were infected with malicious network monitoring software called SolarWinds Orion, which allowed hackers to access network through the so-called "backdoor" in the code.
According to the Wall Street Journal, other organizations that may have been breached include the California Department of Public Hospitals, technology companies Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corp. and Nvidia Corp., the accounting firm Deloitte LLP, the cloud-computing software maker VMware Inc. and Belkin International Inc.
SolarWinds staff found him malicious code following a routine software update and hacker activity, at least since October 2019. The company said it was working with security companies, law enforcement and intelligence services to investigate the attack, with which the APT29 team is linked, also known as "Cozy Bear", Related to Russia's foreign intelligence service.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the suspected Russian hackers also violated US government services, including the Treasury Department. Federal cybersecurity experts have suggested that hackers are sophisticated, with a source telling the Wall Street Journal that the government violation was rated "10" on a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of potential severity and its impact on national security.