FEU says student portal, including data, 'may have been compromised'


Posted at Jun 18 2020 10:30 AM | Updated as of Jun 18 2020 06:16 PM

The Far Eastern University Campus in Manila on March 06, 2020. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - (UPDATE) Far Eastern University said Thursday it was investigating a possible breach that might have compromised data on its student portal.

Measures are being taken to address the cybersecurity incident that took place on June 17, FEU said in a disclosure to the stock exchange.

"It has come to the attention of the Far Eastern University Inc that, yesterday, 17 June 2020, the student portal of the university may have been compromised, including the data that is contained therein," FEU said.

The university's technology team is working with external consultants to investigate the matter and to impose additional cybersecurity measures, it said.

The student portal is temporarily unavailable while "corrective measures" are being implemented, FEU said in a separate statement. The National Privacy Commission has been informed, it said.

All students were advised to reset their Microsoft Office 365 passwords, FEU said.

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) on Thursday said it was also investigating reports of a potential breach on its student portal.

The incident happened as most schools and universities in the Philippines are strengthening their digital offering to facilitate online learning during the coronavirus pandemic.