Hong Kong University falls victim to cyberattack

E-mail accounts and personal websites belonging to staff and students targeted in attack

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 March, 2014, 10:58am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 March, 2014, 1:11pm

The University of Hong Kong has fallen victim to hackers for the second time in just a few months, with 40 personal websites and 150 e-mail accounts belonging to students and teaching staff targeted, local media reported on Saturday.

The attack is the latest in a string of hacks to make headlines, including one on the university in July which targeted thousands of online accounts, and an attack on Macau government e-mail accounts.

The security breach in Macau was believed to have been carried out by hackers in both Hong Kong and the United States..

A total of 3,676 e-mail accounts belonging to students and teaching staff at HKU were compromised in the July attack, SCMP reported.

HKU said they did not know who the hackers were, and they had reported the case to the police, according to reports.

It was not yet clear if the attack was connected with previous security breaches.