Computers at Welland Campus affected by malware

Niagara College has determined that a small number of computers at the Welland Campus have been affected by malware.

An individual installed software on a small number of computers in four computer labs at the Welland Campus. The software recorded the keyboard strokes of computer users. An investigation is ongoing and indications are that the period over which individuals using the labs were exposed to the malware spans from September 2013 to mid-March 2014. Any strokes entered onto an affected computer in the labs were likely captured.

The College has identified the affected computers and removed the malware. It has also taken preliminary steps to secure its computers from similar attacks. Students and staff with classes in these labs have been contacted directly and provided with steps to take to determine whether any personal data has been misused and to prevent any misuse of personal information. Ensuring the privacy and security of computer and information systems at Niagara College is a key priority.

The Niagara Regional Police Service has arrested an individual in connection with this matter and is continuing its investigation.

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Media inquiries please contact:

Dorita Pentesco
Director Marketing & Communications (Acting)
905 735-2211 ext. 7653
289 213-8742 (cell)
dpentesco@niagaracollege.ca