Weeks after cyber security threat, Southeastern Louisiana University is still investigating the incident

Weeks after cyber security threat, Southeastern Louisiana University is still investigating the incident
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HAMMOND, La. (BRPROUD) – Just over a week after Southeastern Louisiana University officials made the tough call to take the university offline during a potential cyber security threat, they’re still working to restore all campus networks.

The incident has left the university’s students and faculty without access to their systems for nearly two weeks.

“We have no wi fi. There’s barely any service to text on campus. We can’t access any of our materials online, none of our books, anything like that at all,” said Phoebe Brandon, an SLU freshman.

University officials instructed faculty and students to carry out classes as usual, but students say doing so has been challenging.

“We’re still expected to have our tests. So, we have no study material, no homework that we can look back at without being able to do the homework for the lecture. We’re not getting that extra emphasis,” Brandon said.

On top of worrying about midterms, Brandon says some students have been targeted by hackers.

“Lots of students have had like extra spam emails, extra spam calls, lots of students they had like the text alert,” she said.

Another student expressed concerns about her school semester being affected. “It could delay our term classes end next week,” said Baileigh Picou of SLU’s Student Government Association.

SLU President of UL Systems, Jim Henderson, said university officials are doing the best they can to see that things return to normal.

“When you bring everything down, then you have to bring these components back up one at a time,” he explained.

It’s a process that could take months.

In any case, Henderson says SLU and Louisiana State Police are collaborating to determine the root cause of the issue.

In the meantime, the university is also partnering with other companies to create temporary fixes. Henderson said, “We’ve reached out to partners like AT&T and Verizon to help us with those kinds of things.”

SLU’s internet is expected to be back up by Wednesday, March 8 and university leaders say they’re making sure the incident will not interfere with student’s grades.


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