HGTC Gets Virus Black Hole on its Web-server

A variant of the Russia originated virus namely "Black Hole Exploit" contaminated Horry Georgetown Technical College's (HGTC) website-server resulting in problems for existing students along with fresh applicants, published carolinalive.com dated July 24, 2012. The college is situated in Conway, South Carolina, USA.

Remarking about the aforementioned assault, Website Coordinator Melissa Monolo of HGTC who too got the virus on her work computer stated that everything on the screen became hazy. Myrtlebeachonline.com published this on July 24, 2012.

Explaining further Ms. Monolo stated that the malware resulted in the sudden disappearance of every desktop icon followed with several alert boxes popping up.

According to her, numerous PCs at the academic institution had become infected, and the college received an alert from Google regarding dubious activity getting underway on its network.

The incident prompted Google to ban hgtc.edu the website of HGTC during the 3rd-week of July 2012 as well as again on July 21, 2012, said Mary Eaddy Spokeswoman of the College. Myrtlebeachonline.com published this.

Telling additionally about the viral infection, Marilyn Fore, Senior Vice-President of HGTC stated that the problem was especially upsetting since the college offered approximately 25% of its curriculum online for the benefit of working pupils to adjust with their schedules. Carolinalive.com published this.

Meanwhile, students have been advised to cleanse their PCs' caches prior to logging into www.hgtc.edu, as during the days just passed by, people visiting the website may've contracted the infection.

Also, students finding it hard to register have been suggested to send e-mail directly to their professors, while candidates applying for courses can write to admission@hgtc.edu, according to college authorities.

The authorities also said that the HGTC server had been sanitized off the virus while the website put back on the rails. Owners of infected PCs can avail of the college premise HelpDesk's assistance for cleansing their systems, they advised.

Eventually, like the malware attack on HGTC's website, lately during May 2012, the Macintosh computer-targeted Trojan Flashback struck UK's University of Oxford Computing Services that understandably had been the most dangerous malicious software assault ever-since the Blaster computer worm attacked Windows-PCs in 2003.

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