Breach, Data Security, Identity

Student, employee data potentially compromised in Louisiana university cyberattack

Louisiana-based Xavier University had student and employee data potentially compromised following a cyberattack against its network last month, Government Technology reports. Xavier University was impacted by an "encryption event" that disrupted its network on Nov. 22, with attackers claiming to have exfiltrated students' and employees' personal information during the intrusion, said Xavier University President Reynold Verret. Individuals whose data may have been compromised in the attack are already being notified although Verret did not specify when students and staff were first informed about the incident or the number of individuals who were impacted by the breach. No details on the type of personal data compromised or whether a ransom has been demanded have been provided. The attack on Xavier University follows a wave of ransomware intrusions against U.S. educational institutions, with nine or more colleges and universities hit with ransomware attacks in April, and Illinois-based Knox College also being hit this month.

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