University of Alberta student facing hacking related charges

A University of Alberta student is facing four charges after a cyber-attack on university computers.

Acting Sgt. Phil Hawkins of the EPS Cyber Crimes Investigation Unit confirmed the two incidents in a release Thursday afternoon.

In the first, on Nov. 17, the U of A’s response team found malware on 287 computers. More than 3,300 staff, students and faculty members may have been affected.

Then, on Dec. 8, malware was found on 17 computers. Nineteen students were affected.

Yibin Xu, 19, is charged with mischief in relation to computer data, unauthorized use of computer services, fraudulently intercepting functions of a computer system and use of a computer system with intent to commit an offence.

He is scheduled to be in court again on Jan. 10


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