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January 18, 2017 1:26 pm

‘Despicable’ Antisemitic Cyber Attack at Tennessee Campus Outrages Jewish Student Community

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Vanderbilt University campus. Photo: Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt University campus. Photo: Vanderbilt University.

The Jewish community at Vanderbilt University in Nashville expressed “outrage” over a cyber attack on campus which caused some of the school’s printers to churn out antisemitic fliers, the capital city’s main daily The Tennessean reported on Tuesday.

Vanderbilt Hillel Executive Director Ari Dubin condemned the “despicable” fliers — the content of which resembled that of similar incidents at Princeton, Brown and other colleges, for which a white supremacist hacker took credit — and thanked the university for its “rapid response…and efforts to stop these kinds of hacking attacks from occurring in the future.”

In those cases, network printers began printing fliers adorned with swastikas and asking whether “[you] white men [are] sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country.” 

Vanderbilt University Police are investigating the incident, the report said, and federal authorities have been notified. The perpetrator behind the cyber hack has yet to be identified.

The Nashville-based university is home to a vibrant and growing Jewish community. The school ranked 15th on The Algemeiner’s inaugural list of the “15 Best Colleges for Jewish Students 2016.”

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