UConn website hacked and used to spread malware

Hackers used a DNS hijacking scheme to take control of UConn's website.
Hackers used a DNS hijacking scheme to take control of UConn's website.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) became the most recent institution of higher learning to be hit with a cyberattack when it was hacked on Dec. 27 and used to distribute malware.

The hackers were able to take control the DNS records associated with the university's primary URL, uconn.edu, and point visitors to a server where a pop-up ad appeared that stated the visitor's Flash Player plugin is outdated and needed to be upgraded, according to the Daily Campus. Those clicking the link were were hit with the malware.

The cyberattackers also spoofed the school's mail exchange (MX) records, which slowed down the school's response when it attempted correct the DNS records to have them once again point back to the proper URL, the Daily Campus reported.

The problem has been rectified and the university said it is investigating the incident.

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