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Cambridge University investigates hacking claim

Image caption The university says it is taking preventative measures against the claims

The University of Cambridge has launched an investigation after a group claimed to have hacked into its software systems.

The group named NullCrew said it had targeted several university departments and broken into databases.

The network is linked to the computer hacking network Anonymous and supports the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Mr Assange, who faces extradition to Sweden, is currently taking shelter at the Ecuadorean embassy in London.

The NullCrew group published details of what appear to be university user names and passwords online with the message: "There is much more where this came from, and don't think this is the end.

"NullCrew, along with the whole Anonymous movement, isn't near finished with you. And we never will be, until the right thing is done with Julian Assange.

"Next time it will be worse, we guarantee it."

A spokesman for Cambridge University said: "A group calling itself NullCrew claims to have obtained login details for some web-based resources hosted on university systems.

"As a preventative measure these have been taken offline while IT staff investigate the claims.

"The hacking group itself has not claimed to have compromised the email login details of members of the university, and there is no evidence to substantiate such a suggestion."

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