The final exams at the oldest US university of technological research were canceled after a cyber attack. Much of the computer network of the Renciliar Polytechnic Institute (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - RPI) was forcibly shut down after it was detected unauthorized access on 7 May. Student ratings, research and other academic activities have been affected.
On 8 May, RPI reported the following on Instagram about the cyber attack: "We are investigating a suspicious activity in our university network. "We have temporarily suspended access to the network as we work with law enforcement and cybersecurity experts to determine the extent of the attack."
As for the students whose online exams were affected by the cyber attack, the university said it would provide them with some relief.
On 9 May, the RPI announced that, due to the security incident, all final examinations, deadlines and project reports to be received on 10 and 11 May were canceled.
In a social media post, RPI reported the following: "As you probably know, the suspension of access to the Rensselaer network has affected the final exams, research and other academic activities. The purpose of our post is to announce that all final exams and submissions (eg work forms, project reports) for Monday (May 10) and Tuesday (May 11) are canceled. "
RPI staff are currently taking steps to ensure that the cyber attack will not have a negative impact on students' future.
"Changes to the grading policy designed to address this disorder are being developed and will be communicated in a timely manner.", said the RPI.
The university did not provide further details about this security incident, such as what information may have been illegally accessed. He did not specify when his network would be up and running again, but said on May 9 that information would be provided on the exams scheduled for Wednesday (May 12).
Jesse Madrid, an RPI student, told Chron: "We can not access anything - neither the LMS (Student Information System) nor our RPI email. "At first we thought it was a joke, but now it's the third day."
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which has approx 7.900 students, is the oldest private University of Engineering founded in the USA and is located in Troy, New York. Informatics and Web Science is among the academic disciplines taught at university.
Source of information: info-securitymagazine.com