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Hacker continues to jab Minnesota institutions, this time going at the U of M

The hacker already accessed state government and MSU Moorhead data without authorization.

The hacker who accessed state government and MSU Moorhead servers in the past week is continuing to poke at state institutions – this time the U of M Twin Cities.

TheeVigilance, as he goes by on Twitter, said late Wednesday, "Poor security found in U of M Twin Cities website!"

He sent an email from a university server to some news reporters, including the Star Tribune, as part of this latest strike, and told the paper this was a "warning." (GoMN did not receive this email, but we've reached out to Vigilance for more information.)

A spokesperson for the University of Minnesota would only tell GoMN: "We routinely monitor our environment for security incidents, including any compromises," adding he can't confirm or deny Vigilance's claim.

Vigilance put out a statement about his motives.

"I have attacked large Minnesotan targets for one purpose: Retaliation for ex-officer Yanez's acquittal," it says, promising more hacks and more "objectives."

What Vigilance has done so far

This is the third attack Vigilance has made public.

He already got into two servers – one, a state government server that Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) said affected only legacy computer systems; the second, an MSU Moorhead database that contained student info.

In both cases Vigilance released some combination of names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, and online log-in info. This story we published Wednesday explains what someone could do with that information.

MNIT told GoMN they turned their data about the attack over to the FBI Wednesday. Craig Lisher with the FBI told GoMN they are aware of the situation and looking into the information MNIT provided, but declined to say anything further at this point.

If Vigilance took any data from his University of Minnesota meddling, he has not publicly said so as of Friday morning.

As mentioned above, he's stated publicly that his motivation is the verdict in the Philando Castile killing. The officer that shot him was found not guilty on manslaughter and reckless discharge of a firearm charges by 12 Ramsey County jurors.

Early Thursday Vigilance tweeted: "Targets upon targets. Who to choose next?"

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