Mining Malware Attack on Kentucky University and Healthcare

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Hackers reportedly launched a Cyber Attack on the University of Kentucky(UK) and Healthcare in Feb this year which was identified and disclosed by the officials on Sunday last week(March 8th,2020). News is now out that the attack was going on from the past one month or so and happens to be the largest incident in the history of University.

 


Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that the threat actors infiltrated the servers of the University of Kentucky to install a cryptocurrency mining malware. Although the services of the servers were never interrupted. But officials observed that the processing power of the systems became bleak- especially the William T Young Library, a repository that hosts a vast number of content related to social sciences, humanities, and life sciences.

 

“The attack was launched to mine bitcoins from the processing power of University of Kentucky’s server,” said Eric, the Vice President of the UK.

 

As the malware attack was identified in time, it was neutralized by Sunday evening to contain the damage. An official statement from the UK says that the infected systems will be replaced by new hardware and software and the educational institute is planning to reboot its Cybersecurity measures to overcome such issues shortly.

 

Note- The University of Kentucky has produced some of the most powerful governors in the political history of United States and it includes names such as Major League Baseball Albert Happy Chandler, Tom Jefferson Terral, Ted Strictland, Steve Beshear, Ernie Fletcher, Paul E Patton, Ken Lucas, and Alfred W Gwinn along with Mitch McConnell. Also, Actors such as Miss Elizabeth and Ashley Judd are in the list of alumni of the UK.