Harvard Computer Networks Hacked as U.S. Officials Investigate

U.S. officials and security experts are investigating a hack into Harvard University computer systems.

Harvard found an “intrusion” in its central administration and faculty networks on June 19, according to a statement on its website. The school said those using networks at many of of its divisions, such as the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and its public health school, should change their email passwords. Users of the business, law and medical school systems don’t need to take action, Harvard said.

Concerns about information technology security have risen around the world as companies including Anthem Inc. and JP Morgan Chase & Co. have reported the unauthorized release of millions of records. There’s no indication that personal data or research information were exposed in the Harvard incident, the school said. The Harvard Crimson, the school’s student paper, earlier reported the breach.

“Harvard has been working with external information security experts and federal law enforcement to investigate the incident, protect the information stored on our systems, and strengthen IT environments across the university,” Provost Alan Garber and Executive Vice President Katie Lapp said in the statement.

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