IT systems are open again and exams can proceed as scheduled

On Monday, AU was forced to shut down web access to a number of its IT systems in response to a serious security threat. These systems are now open again after an exhaustive security check, and all exams can proceed as scheduled. Students whose exams were cancelled will be notified of the new exam date directly.

STADS, MitStudie, Digital Exams, WISEflow and several other IT systems at Aarhus University are open again. Web access to these systems was shut down on Monday 13 December due to a serious security threat. These systems were shut down to prevent cybercriminals from taking advantage of a software vulnerability to hack the university’s systems.

Several written exams had to be cancelled at the last moment on Tuesday 14 December due to the shutdown. These exams will be rescheduled, and the affected students and lecturers will be notified of the new dates by email. If you were scheduled to take an exam that was cancelled on Tuesday, please check, Brightspace and your study portal for information about rescheduling.

All other exams will proceed as scheduled.

All of the university’s systems were scanned by AU IT in collaboration with external parties in order to identify the installations affected by a vulnerability in Apache Log4j software.

No security breach

AU IT stresses that a thorough security check was carried out, and that no security breaches or potential security breaches were identified. This means that all systems are now open again.

AU IT also stresses that this unscheduled shutdown of systems was absolutely necessary to avert a potentially serious cyberthreat.