Was a Marine Corps website hacked?

Cyber Defense

A Marine Corps website primarily used for education and research has been temporarily taken down after anomalies were discovered.

Sources have told Marine Corps Times that the site hosted by Marine Corps University was hacked, prompting Corps officials to take down the site and put up a temporary portal.

The website at www.usmcu.edu was hit at an unknown time. The last known snapshot of the functioning website was captured by the web archive on April 13.

“Anomalies on the Marine Corps University website were observed recently, leading network administrators to take the website offline for review, as is standard procedure,” Corps officials said in an emailed statement to Marine Corps Times. “The website will be brought back online once it is determined to be functioning properly.”

The new temporary site has an informational display in the header that reads: “The MCU website is currently undergoing maintenance. This temporary portal is hosted by the Gray Research Center and will be accessible until the regular site comes back online. General MCU information and updates will be provided here.”

Naval Criminal Investigative Service said it was unaware of any investigation into the incident, and the FBI said it “neither confirms nor denies the existence of an investigation.”

The Corps has provided few details on the incident.

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