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Was your university affected?

The cloud-based service provider Blackbaud last week updated its story about a cyberattack affecting its servers earlier this year, noting that hackers had gained access to unencrypted banking information and Social Security numbers for some of its customers. And while philanthropic organizations around the world have been affected by the attack, the company has declined to share publicly how many universities were involved in a breach now known to be more serious than previously reported. “Forensic investigation found that for some of the notified customers, the cybercriminal may have accessed some unencrypted fields intended for bank account information, social security numbers, usernames and/or passwords,” the company’s statement reads. Betsy Foresman has more.

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UT Austin unveils new robotics lab

A new laboratory space at the University of Texas, Austin will allow faculty researchers and students to develop robotics technology to be used for the U.S. Army. The facility, constructed inside a converted gym on campus, will support joint research between UT and the U.S. Army Futures Command, which develops new technology for military use, and will serve as a space to develop robotics technology to improve navigation systems in long-range artillery, mobile communication networks and vertical lift aircraft, like helicopters and drones, according to the university. Betsy has more.

Universities seek DOD cyber standards exemption

Higher education research and information security leaders have sent a joint letter to the Department of Defense asking they exclude fundamental research conducted at universities from its new information security requirements. The security requirements, released in January, are part of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, the DOD's new set of cyber standards for all of its 300,000 contractors, from weapons manufacturers to universities doing basic research with defense-dollars. The public nature of universities and their research would make compliance highly difficult, Educause said. Read the full story.

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