Criminal Cyber-Intrusion Infects UConn Engineering Servers

The UConn Engineering department recently acknowledged a “criminal cyber intrusion” in their servers. The data breach, suspected to have originated from China, may have exposed personal information, but officials have not reached consensus on the extent of exploited information.

The first data breach, traced back to September 2013, went undetected and “opened the door” for malware to be inserted into the UConn Engineering computer network said Tom Breen, a spokesperson for the UConn Engineering Department.

“These types of things have become more and more common,” Breen said, “universities have to be vigilant and proactive to protect our resources from harmful intruders.

UConn IT professionals, working with outside specialists, deduced that the attacks originated in China based off of the type of malware. Officials said that personally identifiable information might have been compromised, but cannot say decisively either way.

“We noticed the malware in March of this year,” Breen continued, “Part of the challenge of going back is that we don’t have all of the information before a certain point.”

“We don’t have any direct knowledge that any data was taken out at all, but we’re assuming that it was, and we’re taking steps to up our security to be on the safe side.”

The F.B.I. and State Attorney general were notified in response to the cyber attacks.

UConn is “taking steps to further secure our systems,” said Vice-Provost and Chief Information Officer at UConn, Michael Mundrane, in a public statement.

The vulnerable point in the servers was patched, all passwords were reset, and all servers that were compromised were decommissioned and rebuilt.

“Hopefully we can come up with some new policies that will make us stronger and better prepared for cyber attacks like this in the future,” Breen said.

New policies will likely university-wide and will likely take effect during the 2015-2016 academic year.


Baseball: Three Huskies Taken in MLB Draft

By Dan Madigan, Associate Sports Editor

Three members of the UConn baseball team were selected within 40 picks of one another on the third day of the 2015 MLB Draft.

Catcher Max McDowell was the first Husky off the board, taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 13th round and 391st overall. Second baseman Vinny Siena was taken with the 419th pick in the 14th round by the New York Mets, followed by senior ace Carson Cross, who went to the St. Louis Cardinals 12 picks later at No. 431.

The three selections give UConn baseball a total of 84 draftees in the program’s history.

McDowell finished the 2015 season hitting .286 with seven home runs and 39 RBI. The junior also lead the NCAA in sacrifice flies with 11. The North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania native boasts an impressive mix of power (12 career home runs) and solid defense, throwing out 19 baserunners in his last two years.

Siena bounced back from a sophomore slump to turn in a spectacular junior season, leading the Huskies with a .364 batting average and 54 RBI while adding seven home runs. Siena also recorded a hit in 54 of the Huskies’ 60 games this season, and was named the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Player of the Year for 2015.

As juniors, McDowell and Siena can decide whether to sign with their respective professional teams or return to Storrs for their senior season.

After missing the entire season in 2014 because of shoulder surgery, Cross completed a magnificent senior season in 2015 which earned him Third Team All-American honors by Louisville Slugger and Pitcher of the Year by the American Athletic Conference and NEIBA.

Cross finished his senior season with a 10-2 record while sporting a 2.29 ERA. He also recorded 108 strikeouts and 25 walks in 106 innings pitched.

The redshirt senior tri-captain finished his UConn career with the fourth most strikeouts in school history (222) and the fourth most wins in program history (22). He also is in the Top-10 in innings pitched (254).