Hackers targeted LSU students and faculty in what may have been part of a larger initiative affecting other higher education institutions. (Photo Credit: Eddy Perez, LSU Strategic Communications)
Hackers targeted LSU students and faculty in what may have been part of a larger initiative affecting other higher education institutions. (Photo Credit: Eddy Perez, LSU Strategic Communications)

Someone's gone phishing down on the bayou – Louisiana State University (LSU) was the target of a phishing attack on students and faculty that may be part of a larger initiative affecting other organizations.

“This attack more than likely involves a large cyber-criminal syndicate as these attacks are more widespread than just LSU,” Greater Baton Rouge Business Report cited LSU IT Communications and Planning Officer Sheri Thompson as saying.

Security pros at the school noticed an uptick in phishing attacks two weeks ago that mirrored a similar increase in higher education accounts noted by the school's email host, Microsoft.

“This attack more than likely involves a large cybercriminal syndicate as these attacks are more widespread than just LSU,” Thompson was quoted as saying, noting that a “limited number” of victims have clicked on links they received in malicious emails.

The school is working with an unidentified federal agency to get to the bottom of the attacks.