Sunday, 26 February 2017

63 Universities and US Government agencies breached by hacker

A “Russian-speaking and notorious financially-motivated” hacker, Rasputin has reportedly hacked the computer systems of various universities and government agencies of US and sold the stolen data on the dark web.

According to the cyber security research firm,  Recorded Future, the hackers gained access to computer systems of more than 63 universities and federal, state, and local U.S. government agencies. The prominent universities include Cornell and New York University.

The firm claimed that the victims are “intentional targets of choice based on the organization’s perceived investment in security controls and the respective compromised data value. Additionally, these databases are likely to contain significant quantities of users and potentially associated personally identifiable information (PII).”

The list of the Rasputin's targets are quite long and it does extend to the 10 U.K university and one Indian University in Delhi as well. All the hacked agencies and universities have been informed about the hack by the Recorded Future's researchers.

The victims include 16 U.S state government, 6 U.S. cities and four federal agencies, Child Welfare Information Gateway, which is operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and   Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, America’s premier particle physics lab. The severity of the breaches are unclear

The List of U.S University victims: Cornell University, University of the Cumberlands, VirginiaTech, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Humboldt State University, University of Pittsburgh, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, New York University, University of Mount Olive, Rice University, Michigan State University, University of California, Los Angeles, Rochester Institute of Technology, Eden Theological Seminary, University of Tennessee, Arizona State University, St. Cloud State University, NC State University, University of Arizona, Purdue University, University at Buffalo, Atlantic Cape Community College, University of Washington.

The list of U.K University Victims: University of Cambridge, Coleg Gwent, University of Oxford, University of the Highlands and Islands, Architectural Association School of Architecture, University of Glasglow, University of Chester, the University of the West of England, University of Leeds, The University of Edinburgh.

And one Indian University: Delhi University.

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