Suspected Malware attack affects US University operations and Windows-based devices

An Ivy League private research University in the USA, Brown University, takes steps to disable systems and cut connections to the data center after a cyber attack on the 30th March, 2021.

IT staff at the University said the attack focused on the university’s Windows-based devices and asked faculty and staff to switch to computers running other operating systems, smartphones, or tablets.

Whilst there were no details shared regarding the nature of the incident, Brown’s CIO added that “employees can contact their IT Support Consultant (ITSC) or Departmental Computing Coordinator (DCC) to determine if their Windows machine has ‘known-clean’ status,” hinting at a malware attack.

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Further information about the attack can be found here: