Frankfurt uni shuts down IT systems, elevators following “serious hacker attack”

The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences has experienced a cyberattack, forcing it to shut down its websites and IT systems.

The university, which has over 15,000 students, fell victim to what it called a “serious hacker attack” on July 6th.

“Despite very high security precautions, the criminals have succeeded in gaining access to parts of the university's IT infrastructure,” the university’s homepage, first spotted by The Record, now reads.

In response to the attack, the institution shut down all external access to its IT systems and switched off some services completely. It has also reached out to the police to help them sort it out.

Details about the incident are scarce for now as the university is working on restoring its IT systems and services.

While it is able to proceed with lectures and other usual activities, online student registration isn’t working, and the university can’t be reached by email or phone.

The elevators have also been switched off for “safety reasons.”