MAASTRICHT. About 250 employees and students have contacted the university after the cyber-attack on the night of 23 December, using the special e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org set up for this purpose. The primary questions for them include: Which systems have been affected? How long will all this take? What about my data? Are my exam results safe?
Many questions cannot be answered at this moment, says Fons Elbersen, the new temporary spokesman. Simply because the university is still investigating a lot of issues. It is clear that the Executive Board and the faculty deans will try to minimize the impact on students and staff. "We have not taken any definite measures yet; we first need to find out the scope of the problem and determine how we can solve it. After that, we will have to see how we can accommodate students and staff." Elbersen does not want to mention any examples, "I do not want to create expectations, but all options are open". It may be that deadlines for papers and theses will be changed, and/or that students are given access to libraries at other institutions.