Munster Technological University (MTU) in Ireland announced on Monday that its campuses in Cork would be closed following a “significant IT breach and telephone outage.”
“All classes, full-time and part-time, are cancelled” on both Tuesday and Wednesday, the university’s statement said.
A number of learning tools, including one called Canvas used to manage student assignments, are reportedly affected. It is not clear how soon MTU expects to be able to get them up and running again, nor if classes will continue to be canceled from Thursday onwards.
Staff and students have been asked to monitor their emails for further information.
“We have taken this precaution to allow us to fully assess the situation and protect our systems,” wrote the vice president Paul Gallagher.
The attack comes amid a wave of similar incidents targeting German-speaking technical universities.
Last week, the University of Zurich, Switzerland’s largest university, announced it was the target of a “serious cyberattack.”