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NMSU assisting with cyberattack investigation at the NMSU Foundation

New Mexico State University and the NMSU Foundation are investigating a cyberattack and possible data loss involving information stored on NMSU Foundation computers.


A photo of Dove Hall at NMSU.
New Mexico State University and the NMSU Foundation, housed in Dove Hall at the Las Cruces campus, are investigating a cyberattack and possible data loss involving information stored on NMSU Foundation computers. (NMSU photo by Josh Bachman)

After noticing unusual network activity late last week, NMSU and NMSU Foundation security personnel jointly began an investigation and removed all affected devices from the network as a precaution. There is no evidence of any data theft at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.

“From the start, we have moved quickly to contain possible data loss and are conducting a thorough investigation with the assistance of law enforcement officials and security experts,” said Derek Dictson, president of the NMSU Foundation and NMSU’s vice president for university advancement. “Although we have no evidence of any misuse of information, we are providing notice to our broader university community out of an abundance of caution.”

The Foundation is in the process of hiring an external cybersecurity forensics company to determine exactly what occurred and confirm the security of the network. NMSU security personnel do not see evidence of the attack outside of the NMSU Foundation’s network, which is separate from the NMSU network. Both entities will continue to monitor the situation closely.

As this investigation continues, the university and NMSU Foundation will provide additional information.