Stephen F. Austin University Cyber Attack

June 13, 2023- Stephen F. Austin State University’s online systems were apparently targeted by a cyberattack sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning, the university stated.

The University released this in a post regarding the recent cyber attack:

SFA’s online systems appear to have been the target of a cyberattack, likely between Saturday evening and Monday morning. Upon discovery, we severed connection to the internet to prevent further attack. We are working with authorities and UT System colleagues to determine the extent of compromise and to return to normal operations. We do not yet have a timeline.

As our ITS colleagues assess status, they will begin to restore systems and eventually internet access. Because official SFA online resources are not available, please watch for official updates on our social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Essential personnel must report to campus. Other employees should work with their supervisors for instructions. Supervisors may choose to have employees work on campus without access to systems or to work from home, or use appropriate leave.

Safety, dining and housing are prioritized for our students, summer camp attendees, faculty and staff.

Individual faculty members can use their own discretion about holding classes in person or providing alternative activities. Work with department chairs and school and college offices to share plans and receive additional instructions.

The university quickly severed their internet connection to prevent further attacks after discovering the attack was occurring. The university is currently working with officials and the UT system to figure out the extent of the damage and to go back to normal operations.

The university does not have a timeline for when systems will be restored. They asked for the public to follow their social media for updates while their online resources are down.

Author: Ethan Klein

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