Ministry of Advanced Education shuts down B.C. student loans websites after apparent hack

Provincial officials are not aware of any personal information being compromised

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      The StudentAidBC website is temporarily offline after media reports that it may have been compromised.

      A message showed up on the website with the message "Guardiran Security Team".

      This morning, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training issued a statement saying it and the Office of the Chief Information Officer are investigating.

      "At this time, we are not aware of any personal data being compromised. We have taken immediate steps to mitigate any further exposure," the statement reads. "This includes temporarily shutting down affected websites while we work with our IT staff to resolve the issue.

      This could turn out to be the second high-profile hacking event in the past week. On April 28, the Resort Municipality of Whistler website went offline after a hack. It remains down this morning.

      Following the earlier ransomware attack, extortionists threatened to sell personal information about "Whistler people" on the dark web.