By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Eastern Wyoming College’s computer, phone and email systems were disabled Tuesday by a cybersecurity attack, the Torrington college announced.
Investigations are currently underway to fully determine the extent of the attack. College officials are working with local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Homeland Security and local and state IT professionals.
No further information about the cyberattack had been released as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.
This is the second time a higher educational institution in Wyoming has been hit by a cyberattack this year. In February, the University of Wyoming was hosting a virtual Black History Month event when people began sending racist and pornographic messages to disrupt the event.
Apparently, the UW was one of many schools across the country to have Black History Month events disrupted by such attacks. Institutions including the University of Southern California, Washington’s Gonzaga University and Rutgers University in New Jersey were “Zoom bombed” with similar hateful, violent words and images.
Cybersecurity attacks have been popping up across the United States this year.
In one incident, hackers shut down an East Coast pipeline in May.
Earlier this month, the Greeley, Colorado, meat processing plant JBS was attacked and its servers in North America and Australia were targeted.