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UTEP systems down after ‘malicious intrusion’

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The University of Texas at El Paso’s computer systems have been disrupted since Friday by an “unauthorized and potentially malicious intrusion,” UTEP officials said.

The intrusion forced the school to turn off servers for email and UTEP sites, UTEP announced on Twitter. Blackboard, the educational platform that allows students to submit assignments and meet for online classes, was down Friday but was  working Monday morning.

FBI Special Agent Jeanette Harper said UTEP has not contacted the FBI El Paso division for help.

“UTEP has not contacted our office regarding their networking systems being down. Our office is willing to provide resources if and when UTEP decides they need our assistance,” Harper said in an email response.

In a UTEP tweet, the university said it believes no “personal information has been compromised,” and will look more into the details the following days. 

UTEP officials are currently not available for interviews. 

This is a developing story and will be updated.
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Jewél Jackson

Jewél Jackson covers higher education for El Paso Matters, through a partnership with Open Campus Media. She is a 2020 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

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