Far Eastern University (FEU) announced an advisory to its students to change passwords of their accounts amid the investigations ensue based on the reports of possible hacking of its student portal.
“We advise all FEU students to reset the passwords of their Microsoft Office 365 accounts. Furthermore, we highly recommend that all students, faculty, and staff, not to use the same passwords in their different online accounts,” the university said in a statement.
FEU also assured that the National Privacy Commission assigned an external cybersecurity provider to augment its assessment and security measures.
The university also informed that the student portal would be temporarily unavailable while they “assess the situation and implement corrective measures before making it accessible.”
It was on Wednesday morning that the FEU announced on its Facebook page of the issue. According to Kadiwa, a hacker group, “Pinoy Grayhats,” was allegedly responsible for the leakage of student data.
Pinoy Grayhats’ Facebook page put a testament to that fact, stating in its post that FEU was among the several universities they hacked this month.
Other schools are the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Cebu Normal University, Tarlac Agricultural State University, and the University of Mindanao.
The hacker group called out to the school administrators to fortify their cybersecurity to avoid a data breach, especially during the transition of higher education institutions into a flexible mode of learning.