The Ruhr University in Bochum, North Rhine-Westphalia, has been the target of a series of hacker attacks over the past three weeks, said the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung. At least 16 inboxes belonging to staff and students are known to have been accessed.
Experts have traced the IP address of the hackers to Russia, but university administration admitted that “whether the owners of the Russian computer are actually responsible for the attack is questionable,” Brigitte Wojcieszynski, head of the department for information security, told the paper.
Students have all received an email informing them of the attacks and recommending they change their passwords to help prevent hackers from gaining their information. What they could be after and why remains unclear, said Wojcieszynski.