Clark College's server down after cyberattack

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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A cyberattack on Clark College's Web server interrupted fall registration for three hours Friday morning.

The denial-of-service attack, caused by a flood of bogus connection requests, halted the computer's server between 7:30 a.m. and about 10:30 a.m. Friday.

Once the college's IT department was alerted, it quickly worked to get the server back running, said Barbara Kerr, spokeswoman for Clark College. There was no data breach, Kerr added.

She said in an email the interruption was a "malicious attempt to disrupt online services provided through the college website. It caused inconvenience for our students -- and faculty and staff."

Students trying to register during the interruption didn't lose their only chance to register. They are still allowed to register any time after their assigned registration time, Kerr said.

Just last week, the names, addresses, phone numbers and student identification numbers of 250 Clark College students were potentially disclosed when someone hacked into the college’s computer system.