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Cyber attack update
On 23 December 2019, Maastricht University has been hit by a serious ransomware cyber attack. Fortunately, DataHub was not significantly affected by the attack. All research data are safe and there are no indicators of compromise. Since the attack, our staff have been working hard to reactivate all systems and we do our utmost best to get our services back online.
In the first week of January, we have assessed the state of all our DataHub servers to confirm the safe state. The DataHub servers that were affected by the ransomware are involved in workflow control and data transfer. The servers did not contain any crucial data. We are currently re-enabling our systems, however, in recovery, we depend on the availability of the corporate network and firewall configurations. The university effectuated a stricter policy regarding server requirements and reconfiguring systems to meet those requirements takes time. At the same time, we are improving the DataHub infrastructure and taking measurements to reduce vulnerability.
One of the ‘lessons learnt’ is that Maastricht University wants to focus more on awareness campaigns in order to reduce the number of successful malicious attempts. The security awareness level at DataHub for phishing and password management is reasonably okay. Still, DataHub supports the idea of a broad cyber security awareness campaign.
Measures were already in place regarding federated admin access on DataHub systems, but are now hardened to make lateral network jumps via compromised servers and accounts across DataHub systems less likely. Firewalls, local as well as central, have been configured more strictly and now also serve as a second line of defense. We continue to apply security updates frequently. A central monitoring and an alerting system for detecting suspicious activity are in place. Improvements can and will be made.
DataHub has central configuration management of servers in place.
Although your data at DataHub was not affected by the recent cyber attack, we are currently re-enabling our systems and have our RDM portal operational as soon as possible.
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