Hacktivist group GhostShell has taken credit for what it calls “Project West Wind” and cited its goal to “raise awareness towards the changes made in today’s education, how new laws imposed by politicians affect us, our economy and overall, our way of life,” according to a message via Pastebin.com.
Schools affected included Harvard, Cambridge, Stanford, Princeton and University of Michigan.
In their post, the hackers discussed a number of educational issues worldwide affecting colleges. Those included rising tuition in the U.S., trouble adjusting to changing education laws in Europe and failings within Asia-Pacific’s education systems.
The tactic used was reportedly an SQL breach and data included user names, passwords and other information.
GhostShell has a notable resume in the hacktivist movement. A previous attack from the group called the Hellfire leak went against a variety of government agency websites, noted the report.