The University of Massachusetts Lowell canceled all classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays due to possible cybersecurity incidents.
The school has announced that it is investigating “cybersecurity incidents” that could affect technology services. According to a statement on the school’s online learning portal, an “IT outage” will cancel all “face-to-face, remote, and online classes.”
“UMass Lowell continues to maintain control of its IT infrastructure and works with leading cyber forensics companies to identify, evaluate and eliminate discovered issues,” the university said in a statement. “Employees may be aware of RedCloak, a software program that is temporarily installed by IT on all college devices to identify and assess potential security threats.”
The school said at the end of Tuesday that all face-to-face and online classes and business operations would also be canceled on Wednesday.
All network communication with the campus network has been interrupted and nothing has been announced when it will be restored.
When a threat is identified, the school said IT departments will fix the threat, initiate a gradual restoration of network services, and prioritize academic technology infrastructure.
No further information was immediately available. Updates will be provided on a temporary website set up by the school Its main website remains unavailable.
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