update No data was compromised in a hack of Melbourne's Monash University website over the weekend, the university confirmed today.
(Screenshot by Josh Taylor/ZDNet Australia)
Thirty five different domains of the Monash website were defaced by a hacker dubbed yaser007 between 12pm and 2pm on Saturday. The front page was replaced with a picture of Iran with the Iranian flag embedded inside.
The hacker also posted information about the sites hacked on data breach disclosure website Zone-H.
According to the university's chief information officer Ian Tebbett, the brief hack did not compromise any private university data.
"No university data was compromised and the effects were limited to the publishing of non-Monash material on the externally-facing website," Tebbett said in a statement. "It appears that neither Monash, nor the wider Australian Higher Education Community, were a specific target."
However, Tebbett said the university was taking the matter seriously.
"The matter has been reported to specialist agencies and our own investigations, including direct liaison with those other institutions whose resources were used, are ongoing," he said. "We take the matter of security of all our IT resources very seriously and strive to balance the risks involved with the benefits gained from these resources."
Monash later confirmed that the incident had been reported to the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team for further investigation, and said that the source was found to be located offshore but no motive had yet been determined.
Updated at 5:18pm 18 April 2011: additional comment added from the university.