May 27, 2022

Montreal: Security Breach at Concordia University, Keyloggers Found on Library Computers

From the CBC:

Officials at Concordia University have filed a police report after recently noticing a security breach at the university’s Webster and Vanier libraries.

The university’s library and technical staff recently found hardware devices called keyloggers on some of its workstations.

From the Official University Statement:

These computers [where keyloggers were discovered] are available for public use for a maximum of 10 minutes.

In response, the university launched a thorough investigation, including the inspection of all public desktop computer workstations on both campuses. Concordia also filed a report with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

The expertise of the university’s library and IITS staff was instrumental in detecting and mitigating this situation.

The integrity of the 272 laptops on loan and 432 library workstations, networks and the security of Concordia’s IT system remain intact.


The hardware keyloggers were only found on express workstations located on LB2 in the Webster Library (these computers were located on LB2 until February 2016 and are now on LB3), and on express workstations located in the Vanier Library on VL1.


Concordia is taking proactive measures to increase security where public computer workstations are located. The university is conducting regular visual inspections and implementing several other measures that include educating students, faculty and staff.

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