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Montana State University gives update on cyberattack

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Posted at 12:51 PM, Apr 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-21 20:19:26-04

(Updated 5:40 p.m. MDT, 04/21/23 with update from Montana State University)

Montana State University provided MTN News with statement explaining the university's progress in recovering from a cyber attack experienced on Thursday:

Montana State University is moving into the identification and remediation phase of our recovery from the cyberattack experienced yesterday. Throughout the day we have been working in establishing multiple new domain controllers built from the ground up to try to prevent reinfection. Our University Information Technicians have applied sources of server hardening to give us a solid foundation that we will now be able to run tools to restore the system.

In the interim, please continue not using MSU-owned computers or MSU wired and wireless internet networks. You may access MSU services such as email, D2L or MyInfo from non-MSU networks.

Campus events will continue as scheduled. We will continue to provide regular updates as we continue to make progress in restoring our network system."

We will update this story with any further updates we receive.

(first report)

Montana State University reported a cyber attack at the university around noon on Thursday, April 20, 2023.

MTN News received an email to the MSU community that stated:

Montana State University is currently experiencing a cyberattack. Shortly after receiving this message, all MSU networking and internet services will be shut down in an effort to contain the attack.

This means internet access, Wi-Fi and, possibly, campus phones will be shut down.

Users should shut down MSU-owned laptops, desktops and computers connected to the campus network, either wired or wireless.

We are working to restore service as quickly as possible.

The campus remains open. In-person classes will continue. Offices are to remain open.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation.

MTN News spoke with Director of MSU News Service Michael Becker, who confirmed the cyber attack. Becker added, "Some services on other MSU campuses have been affected."

No further details are currently available. We will update you when we get more information.