British Columbia

2 B.C. student aid websites shut down after possible hacking: ministry

The sites offer help and advice for scholarships, grants, bursaries, loans and other financial programs for post-secondary students.

StudentAid B.C., LearnLive B.C. pages were altered and replaced with a statement allegedly from a hacker group

Two B.C. student aid websites appear to have been hacked. (maradon 333 / Shutterstock)

Update - May 6, 2020: Student Aid B.C. says its website is back up and running, and that no private data was compromised during the incident. 


The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training says it has temporarily shut down two British Columbia websites after both appear to have been compromised.

The home pages of StudentAid B.C. and LearnLive B.C. were altered Sunday and replaced with a statement allegedly from a hacker group.

The affected sites offer application assistance or details about scholarships, grants, bursaries, loans and other financial programs for post-secondary students.

A statement from the ministry says it has been alerted to the problem and is investigating, along with the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

The ministry says it is not aware that any personal information has been compromised.

Both sites have now been disabled to prevent any further exposure while the ministry says its information technology staff are working to fix the issues.

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