AP University of Applied Sciences must close campuses due to cyber attack: “It … (Antwerp)


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Due to a cyber attack, the buildings of AP Hogeschool will remain closed on Wednesday. Scheduled classes will take place online as much as possible.

The cyber attack happened on Tuesday night. To avoid further spread, no one will be allowed on the campuses on Wednesday. “This is a so-called cyber lock, whereby hackers encrypt files,” says spokesman Karolien Loriers. “For the time being we don’t know who is behind the attack. The federal police’s cybercrime unit has been notified, as has Microsoft to further map the problem. Our IT service was able to intervene quickly, but the campuses will therefore remain closed for the time being. ”

The students are informed and this morning only a few stood in front of a closed door. “Are you on campus right? Do not turn on a computer under any circumstances ”, the students say. “Solutions for this cyber attack are being sought together with external parties. We will keep you informed throughout the day via the well-known channels: mail, intranet, social media. So keep an eye on this. ”

Planned lessons will take place online as much as possible and employees will have to work from home. Due to the attack, the e-campus and administrative systems of the university of applied sciences are not working. “Due to the corona crisis and the switch to online lessons, we are well prepared to switch quickly now,” says Loriers.

AP Hogeschool has campuses in Antwerp, Mechelen, Turnhout and Lier.

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