Kansas State University Cyberattack Disrupts Email, Phone, Payment Systems

Written by Mitchell Langley

January 22, 2024

Kansas State University Cyberattack Affects Email, Phone, Payment Systems

The Kansas State University Cyberattack has disrupted IT network and services including Email, Phone and Payment Systems.

Kansas State University cybersecurity incident has caused disruptions to specific network systems as well. These include K-State Today emails, VPN, as well as video services on Canvas and Mediasite.

As a renowned public land-grant research university, K-State offers a wide range of educational programs, including 65 masters and 45 doctoral programs.

With a student population of 20,000 and a faculty of 1,400 academic personnel, the university is committed to providing high-quality education and research opportunities.

Kansas State University Cyberattack Resulted in Online Systems Taken Down

Kansas State University Cyberattack Resulted in Online Systems Taken Down

On Tuesday, the university officially acknowledged the disruption of certain IT systems through its media portal. Subsequent investigations confirmed that the disruption was the result of a cyberattack.

Upon detecting the K-State cyberattack, the affected systems at Kansas State University were immediately taken offline.

As a result, certain services such as VPN, emails, Canvas and Mediasite videos, printing, shared drives, and mailing list management services (Listservs) became unavailable.

“Please rest assured that we are dedicating significant resources to bring involved systems back online quickly and safely,”

“Additionally, we have engaged third-party IT forensic experts to assist us in the ongoing investigation efforts.”

Reads the status update.

Academic deans have received guidance on how to ensure educational continuity during this incident, including utilizing alternative resources.

K-State has also urged students and staff to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the university’s IT help desk.

Email Services for K-State Today” Restored

In a recent status update, it was announced that email services for “K-State Today” will be restored on January 18, 2024. This means that daily announcements and research news will once again be delivered to the K-State community.

The resumption of “K-State Today” email services will be in a temporary format. This temporary version will have a different header image and lower volume of select content. Additionally, there will be a 48-hour delay in email delivery.

As of now, there have been no reports of the Kansas State University Cybersecurity Breach affecting student or personnel information. However, further updates regarding the cyberattack and its impact will be provided on this page.

In 2024, we have seen two significant cyberattacks on major educational institutions. The first was a ransomware attack on Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), leading to the postponement of the semester start date.

No ransomware group claimed responsibility for the Kansas State University cyberattack. It is possible that it is still too early in the extortion process for any public disclosure to be made.

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