News - May 22, 2008

Spam cuts off mail

Students and staff of Wageningen UR could not be reached by e-mail on Monday 19 May. The university mail server connection was cut off because hackers used the university network to send large quantities of spam.

The hackers gained access to the server by sending staff and students a mail asking for their login name and password, claiming this was necessary for maintenance. Those who did not respond would be denied access to the WURnet. An unknown number of people sent their details, giving the spammers access to the Wageningen UR server. By Monday afternoon the problem had been solved. However, the Wageningen UR mail addresses are now on a temporary black list for the spam victims. As a result, access to some websites, including the Microsoft site, is blocked.