Since the beginning of August, 10 telescopes in Hawaii and Chile run by the National Science Foundation's NOIRLab coordinating center for ground-based astronomy have been offline due to a cyberattack.
Research groups have joined forces to identify alternatives to remote control of these telescopes to avoid missing critical observation windows. This includes sending graduate students to assist on-site staff at the Víctor M. Blanco and SOAR telescopes in Chile in making in-person observations.
NOIRLab detected the cyberattack on its Gemini North telescope in Hawaii on Aug. 1 and acted quickly to prevent physical damage, but it has released few details about the incident.
All operations at the International Gemini Observatory were halted as a result, and its computer network was disconnected from the Mid-Scale Observatories, preventing remote observations using its telescopes.
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