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Okanagan College's computer system slowly coming back to life

The Okanagan College campus in Penticton.
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After a week of having its phone and computer systems shut down throughout the region, Okanagan College is slowly getting them back in operation.

The college was hit by a cyberattack Monday, Jan. 9, and most systems, including phone and email, were unavailable.

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“We've made good progress over the weekend and are pleased to confirm that more systems are operational and available to students and staff this morning following last week’s outage,” says an email from the college to iNFOnews.ca today, Jan. 16.

A new phone system has been put in place for each campus with new switchboard numbers. Callers have to go through the switchboard to reach staff and departments, following the prompts to be transferred to the correct locations.

Guest WiFi is live on all campuses. ClassFinder is also back online, a system that allows students to check their course schedules and room locations.

No one from Okanagan College has been made available to to talk about what happened with the college’s computer system.

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Students can get updates on the progress restoring the college's phone and computer systems here.

The new phone numbers at Okanagan College campuses:

  • Kelowna – 236-420-6715
  • Salmon Arm – 236-420-6713
  • Revelstoke – 236-420-6706
  • Penticton – 236-420-6711
  • Vernon – 250-545-7291

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