A hacker who goes by the name "Vigilance" managed to hack into the non-sensitive data of students, faculty and staff of Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) June 5. The hacker also wrote in the state of Minnesota's website, MN.gov: "An innocent man is dead, while a guilty man is free", suggesting links of his hacking to a previous case of police brutality that led to the death of Philando Castile.
Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer who shot Philando Castile last July 6, 2016, was acquitted, causing an uproar in the community.
According to MSUM spokesman David Wahlberg, the cyber intrusion happened early June 5. The attack was discovered later that day and corrective actions were immediately taken. The school then notified students, faculty and staff via email of the cyber intrusion on Tuesday, June 20.
The hacker reportedly gained access to some 800 faculty and staff's information, including first and last names as well as identification numbers. By law, these are considered public information. However, the attacker also accessed about 8,000 students' information, considered private information under federal student privacy laws.
MSUM also said that no email addresses or passwords were accessed. Some of the information from the June 5 breach was posted on a website used by computer hackers.
Following the system hacking, the university has advised its students, faculty, and staff to change their passwords. Meanwhile, the affected computer server has been taken offline, and the investigation into the breach continues.