York University in Toronto suffered what is being called a very serious cyber-attack last week that affected a number of servers and workstations. The IT department very quickly took down the school’s network which they say lowered the severity of the attack, but students and others are still asking for more answers. York’s student union says that no one was directly informed about the attack and instead the school relied on social media and statements from their website. Security analyst Claudiu Popa said the language being used should be a cause for concern from faculty and students. Popa stated, “We can surmise that anything that spreads on servers and workstations is likely to not just be something that replicates quickly but is something that is looking to do some damage.” He also added that York needs to tell its students and staff what to look for so they can better protect themselves.
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