What seems to be the usernames and passwords of 17 academics at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities have been posted online by NullCrew, a group linked with the large hacking network Anonymous. NullCrew said that it hacked the system in support of Julian Assange.
NullCrew claims that if the United Kingdom continues to fight against Assange for “speaking his voice” then itself and other hacking groups will systematically target UK institutions and government websites in protest. The attack on Cambridge seems to be symbolic of a larger hacktivist movement surrounding the handling of the WikiLeaks founder’s asylum case.
As a preventative measure, the university has taken affected parts of the system offline whilst IT staff investigate what happened. Email login details belonging to members of the university do not seem to have been exposed.