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University of Waterloo interrupts suspected ransomware attack on its online systems | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware

WATERLOO — The University of Waterloo is assessing the impacts of a suspected ransomware attack on its online systems.

The university said Thursday it recently interrupted a suspected attack on its online systems while it was still in progress.

“We know that our on-premises email server was compromised,” said Waterloo spokesperson Rebecca Elming. “Fortunately, 99.9 per cent of our email users are not affected because their email services are hosted in the cloud.”

She said the university’s IT team is now working to assess whether any other online systems were affected and is continuing to take steps to secure systems and data.

The university will require everyone who accesses its systems to reset their password starting tomorrow as part of its security response to the incident

“We are fortunate that the prompt actions of law enforcement agencies, our internal IT teams, Microsoft and external cybersecurity partners acted quickly to identify and respond to this threat to avoid the worst outcomes,” she said.

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