Kean University hacked three times in one day, Algerian Group claims responsibility

- The Kean University website was hacked three times Sunday and early Monday morning by what the college and its police department believe to be an Algerian group calling itself “Red Hell.”

The university sent out a letter around 10 p.m. Sunday notifying students about the hack of the site, which remained offline until 2:15 a.m. Monday morning.

“Kean University's externally hosted website was hacked twice in the past 24 hours by a group calling itself Red Hell, claiming to operate out of Algeria,” the letter said. “They posted a despicable message. The site was disabled as soon as we were informed of the breach. A new firewall was enabled and the site became operational again at 3 p.m. today.”

According to the university, Rackspace, the external hosting company, is researching which other sites were hacked today in addition to www.kean.edu.

Kean said in the letter that it informed the appropriate law enforcement authorities as soon as it learned that the site was compromised, and that one of Kean's mission-critical operations such as financial and record-management systems, KeanWise or the University's email system were impacted.

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