The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin recently announced that it was hit by a cyber attack that took its Web site and the Web site for the International Symposium on Online Journalism offline for two weeks (h/t E Hacking News).

The two sites were attacked on March 11, during registration for the upcoming 14th International Symposium on Online Journalism, to be held on April 19 and 20. The registration system was not affected by the attack.

"The malicious cyber attack was enough to shut our websites down, but not to enough to shut us up," Rosental Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, said in a statement. "We rapidly created WordPress blogs to continue our regular and unique report on Journalism in the Americas."

"We have no idea why someone would want to attack our sites, but our engineers noticed that the origin of the cyber attack was in computers located in Russia," Alves said. "We had to shut down the sites, while the University of Texas IT department [conducted] its work to clean the sites and make sure increase its security levels. We are happy to be back with our normal presence on the Web."