Austin Peay State University hit by a ransomware attack Wednesday

Austin Peay
Posted at 2:56 PM, Apr 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-27 17:30:57-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Austin Peay State University announced that they were under a ransomware attack Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement was made on the school's Facebook and Twitter pages. Austin Peay encouraged all students and staff using computers on campus to sign off immediately.

Around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the school put out a release stating that the attack was contained.

Austin Peay State University was targeted by a ransomware attack today. University emergency managers issued a campus-wide alert notifying the campus to disconnect from the network at approximately 2:26 p.m. today. The message was followed a few minutes later with a clarification to shut down all computers.

The University’s Information Technology staff are investigating the incident at this time and believes they have contained the threat. There are no plans to alter university schedules at this time, as today was the last day of classes. Tomorrow is a study day, with exams starting Friday.