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Cybersecurity incident affects residential halls

Residential halls are experiencing issues in Wi-Fi, equipment checkout and the locking system as a result of the ongoing cybersecurity incident
Victor Monterroza
Isaiah Choma uses his student ID to get into Wefald Hall. The recent cybersecurity incident affected the times students can access Wefald without scanning their ID.

Stemming from the initial Jan. 14 cybersecurity incident, some Kansas State students still feel its effects in their day-to-day campus activity. Isaiah Choma, residential assistant at Wefald Hall, said a major issue presented was students’ accessibility to their buildings. 

“It made it difficult for students to use their ID to get into the building,” Choma, sophomore in biomedical engineering, said. “Normally Wefald’s hours of operation without key card access [start around] 6-7 a.m. and goes to 11:59 p.m. Because of the technological issues it’s been acting up, so now the system only allows people to enter without a keycard from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.” 

Amaya Torres, community assistant at Marlatt Hall, said her building is experiencing similar problems.

“It’s important to note that this unlocking capability is limited to only residents living at the dorm,” Torres, sophomore in chemical engineering, said. “Unfortunately, due to ongoing cybersecurity issues, we have temporarily suspended the use of the locking system.”

Riley Cook, Wefald Hall resident, said the Wi-Fi was affected as well. 

“KSU Wireless and KSU Housing went offline, so I was left stuck without Wi-Fi or I had to hop onto the KSU Guest, which I wasn’t really comfortable with because it’s not a secure network,” Cook, freshman in entrepreneurship, said. “So at times it was tough to do homework or get on my phone because the reception was kind of spotty.”

Cook said the safe nature of the community provides peace of mind during a time of confusion.

“I’m not too worried about it, being in a safe area,” Cook said. “It was kind of concerning knowing anyone could have just walked in through the doors and gone up the elevators without any security checks, so if I was in a bad part of town or a bad city I would be more concerned.”

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