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Maintenance Work

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The security breach, discovered before Christmas, in the Java logging library Apache Log4j that is used in web applications and apps worldwide affected Humboldt Foundation portals, as well. We responded immediately it was known, which meant we were able to prevent any external attacks on our systems. In order to protect our sponsorship recipients’ data as well as that of those who use our portals for application and review purposes and to future-proof our systems, we are currently undertaking major maintenance work to optimise our defences against potential attacks. Unfortunately, this work will not be completed until the end of the third week of January. It should be possible to start processing applications again online during the third week of January, but the reviewer portals will only be accessible in the fourth week. We will, of course, respond as flexibly as possible to any delays this causes in submitting applications and reviews by, for example, extending application deadlines. If you have any questions, please contact info[at]avh.de. Thank you to all our system users for your patience.

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