Educational Technology

January 25, 2012

City College Computers Infected With Decade-Old Virus

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by SFist

A computer lab at San Francisco City College was recently shut down after it was discovered that one of its computers contained a virus that had been transmitting user data to Russia and China for the past ten years. Authorities aren’t quite sure yet what information was stolen, but they suspect it was primarily personal information and credit card numbers from students and staff. The virus logged students’ keystrokes, recorded images of the screens and might have spread to other labs and home computers via flash drives. As Help Net Security reports, the virus was detected by David Hotchkiss, the City College’s chief technology officer, over Thanksgiving on a lab computer at Cloud Hall on the Phelan Avenue Campus. Hotchkiss soon “discovered an infestation of viruses that compromised a great number of servers and desktop computers across the college district’s administrative, instructional and wireless networks.”

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