UWF Campus Network Hacked; Students, Visitors Should Change Passwords

July 31, 2014

University of West Florida network users are being urged to change their passwords after the campus network was hacked. Officials say the information for at least 160 people, both students and non-students, may have been compromised.

UWF said unauthorized activity by individuals on certain portions of the Pensacola main campus network has been discovered.

It is believed that  individuals attacked the network to intercept UWF ArgoNet usernames and passwords for approximately 90 people, as well as usernames and passwords for non-UWF systems (Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail, etc.) for approximately 70 people. These affected users will receive a separate notification from UWF by close of business this Friday, according to the university.

UWF said further steps have been taken  secure their network from further attacks.

At this time, the university believes those most at risk are those who have used the network in the following UWF main campus buildings within the last 12 months: the John C. Pace Library, Building 4 (Science & Engineering) and UWF residence halls.

The university is strongly urging all individuals with UWF ArgoNet accounts to change their ArgoNet passwords as soon as possible.

In addition, this network attack may affect members of the general public who have utilized services of the John C. Pace Library within the last 12 months. For that reason, UWF is strongly urging anyone who has accessed online accounts by using computers or the network in the John C. Pace Library during this time to change passwords for those accounts as soon as possible.


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