ASU's computer system compromised; students urged to check accounts

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona State University officials say the school's "ASURITE" computer system may have been compromised.

ASU students and employees were told about the problem in a security text alert Wednesday evening that was posted on the university's website.

"ASURITE" is the university's primary system for logging into classes and for accessing other university online services.

ASU officials say an encrypted file containing user names and passwords was downloaded Wednesday by an unknown person.

They say there's no evidence that any information has been compromised. But as a precautionary measure, all online services were shut down through Thursday afternoon. Classes will be held as scheduled on Thursday.

Students were directed to a website -- emergencyinfo.asu.edu -- for the latest information.