Printers at Vanderbilt University started inexplicably printing anti-Semitic fliers on Monday in an incident that officials said could be linked to a round of hacking that targeted printers at several universities last year.
University police are investigating the incident, which occurred “in a handful of offices on campus,” according to an email from university spokeswoman Princine Lewis. The university also notified federal authorities.
A white supremacist computer hacker took credit for a series of similar incidents at Princeton University, Brown University and several other colleges last March, when printers began churning out fliers filled with swastikas and messages that spoke against Jewish people. Lewis said the incident at Vanderbilt “appears similar.”
“Currently it is an open investigation,” Lewis wrote. “However, this most recent incident appears similar to incidents in March 2016 in which an outside source was able to access networked printers at several universities around the country.”
The leader of Vanderbilt Hillel, which operates out of the Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life on campus, condemned the fliers and praised the university’s response in the face of anti-Semitism.
“Hillel takes all anti-Semitic incidents seriously and we are outraged by this despicable act,” Hillel executive director Ari Dubin said in an email. “We are grateful for the rapid response of Vanderbilt University and the VUPD. We support their efforts to stop these kinds of hacking attacks from occurring in the future.”