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A cyberattack on Vives has downed all systems. The Belgian college expects to reopen on Wednesday.

Vives, a college in West Flanders, was hit by a cyberattack on the 15th of April. Employees discovered that hackers tried to steal data such as management passwords. In an attempt to prevent attackers from burrowing deeper into its systems, Vives shut its infrastructure down.

Delayed recovery

According to DataNews, roughly 17,000 employees and students must be provided with new passwords. There’s a lot of work to be done, which is taking more time than initially thought. “We weren’t able to complete everything due to the holidays”, said Joris Hindryckx, Director General of the Belgian University of Applied Sciences. As a result, the college’s systems won’t be operational until Wednesday. For now, the school remains closed.

The cyberattack took place during the Easter holidays, which will likely limit its impact on students and staff.

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