UMass Lowell Launches Temporary Website Amid Cybersecurity Investigation

A statement on the school's temporary website said all "in-person and online classes" are canceled Wednesday as they investigate the cybersecurity breach

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell launched a temporary website to keep students and staff informed as it remains closed Wednesday amid a cybersecurity investigation.

The university canceled all classes on Tuesday and Wednesday as officials investigate a "possible cybersecurity incident" affecting its technology services, calling it an "IT outage."

The school said Wednesday afternoon that it was beginning to resume services, incrementally bringing technology systems back online. Core academic services like Blackboard and Zoom are being prioritized.

UMass Lowell is also working to finalize its summer class schedule "to allow for make-up dates and extended assignment deadlines to accommodate classes that were canceled due to the outage."

"UMass Lowell continues to retain control over its IT infrastructure and is working with a leading cyber forensics firm to identify, evaluate and eliminate any issues that are discovered," the university wrote on its temporary website, "Additional information will be provided as it becomes available and posted here while the university’s main website is unavailable."

All in-person and online classes and business operations are canceled again Wednesday, according to the site.

Sporadic access to some university systems may be available for some employees, according to the university, and essential personnel are expected to report as directed. The breach also affected the Haverhill campus.

If any threats are identified, the school said its IT department will correct them and begin incrementally restoring network services, prioritizing academic technology infrastructure.

Updates will be provided on the temporary website while its main website remains unavailable.

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