University of Windsor websites still down after week-long ‘cybersecurity incident’

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It’s been more than a week since most of the University of Windsor’s major online systems went down in what has been described as a ‘cybersecurity incident’ – and it’s still unclear when operations will return to normal. the normal.

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In an update published Tuesday on — the information portal created by the institution to update the thousands of students and staff affected by the outage — the university said the situation is continuing.

“Upon discovery of the incident, steps were immediately taken to secure our systems and mitigate the impact to our data and operations,” the update reads – repeating statements from the university on June 22.

“A full investigation is underway with the support of leading external cybersecurity experts and it is our top priority.”

A view of the University of Windsor campus is shown in this 2021 file photo. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star

When asked to elaborate on the nature of the incident, University of Windsor spokeswoman Renee Trombley could not provide further information and pointed to the site for updates.

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Efforts are underway to resolve the situation “as soon as possible,” Trombley said, along with efforts to “ensure that operations, research and academic activities continue to run as smoothly as possible.”

The university’s online systems – including its main website, Blackboard course management site and student services site UWinsite – became unavailable for the first time on the morning of June 20.

Monday was the first day of classes for students enrolled in the university’s summer session.

  1. The University of Windsor campus is pictured Wednesday January 26, 2022.

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