NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A letter posted on the Rutgers IT website this evening provides an update on today’s cyber attack. “Network connectivity has been stabilized and remains under observation and monitoring, but some services may still experience intermittent degradation throughout the evening,” wrote spokesperson Don Smith.
Smith offered apologies and thanked Rutgers students and staff for their patience during the outage, and assured them no data was compromised.
He explained how denial of service (DDoS) cyber attacks are a growing problem for IT professionals, affecting higher education, government and private enterprises, and could happen again. “Rutgers, as you may recall, experienced a five-day DDoS attack that shut down all Internet access during late April and early May of this year,” continued Smith.
Since that time, Rutgers IT has made substantial hardware, software and network upgrades in order to mitigate future attacks. They are working with state and federal law enforcement officials on resolving the current attack.