The cause of the outage remains unclear. Stanford IT has not responded to The Daily’s request for comment.
Starting today, Stanford will notify owners of “newly created or modified” public files if the University has found sensitive information within their documents.
Before this week, Stanford students could view the Common Applications and high school transcripts of other students if they first requested to view their own admission documents under FERPA.
Students and faculty experienced a University-wide network outage affecting various school web services, including the official Stanford website, beginning at 5:50 a.m. on Thursday.
At the time of publication, the issue had yet to be resolved.
Stanford is in the process of notifying some 200 people — a mix of employees and former students — that their privacy may have been breached due to incorrect settings in one of the University’s file-sharing systems.
Stanford University IT (UIT) responded promptly to reports of spam and Google largely resolved the issue within an hour of the attack by shutting down unauthorized access to the accounts, according to Michael Duff, assistant vice president and chief information security officer at Stanford.
While Stanford found no evidence that either attempt was successful, campus officials have urged anyone who uses the Stanford email system to remain vigilant about online security.