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Carleton University dealing with major cyber attack

School computers seeing ransomware messages

Carleton University's computer systems were hit by a cyber attack on tuesday.

Metro File

Carleton University's computer systems were hit by a cyber attack on tuesday.

Carleton University’s computer network appears to have been targeted by a cyber attack.

The university’s information technology department initially warned people not to use the Windows-based computers on the network, but late this afternoon said if people can access the network they should feel free.

Steven Reid, a spokesperson for the university, said there could still be issues, but they believe people can use the network again.

“It’s not 100 per cent resolved. It just means that they can go back on their computer,” he said.

Some university computers were seeing ransomware messages demanding payment. Reid said the network has faced issues before, but nothing of this scale.

“Any institution of any size has smaller attacks or issues, but I don’t recall anything of this size,” he said.

Reid said work was well underway to address the problem and they would continue to updated students and staff through email and social media.

“They are continuing to make progress on the restoration of the services.”

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