Sep 17, 2020

Cyber threat to disrupt start of university term

Universities and colleges are being warned by the UK's cyber-security agency that rising numbers of cyber-attacks are threatening to disrupt the start of term. The National Cyber Security Centre has issued an alert after a recent spike in attacks on educational institutions. The return to school, college and university, already facing problems with Covid-19, now faces an increased risk from cyber-attacks, which the security agency says could "De-rail their preparations for the new term". Newcastle University and Northumbria have both been targeted by cyber-attacks this month, and a group of further education colleges in Yorkshire and a higher education college in Lancashire faced attacks last month. Universities have frequently been targets of cyber-attacks - with up to a thousand attacks per year in the UK. Attacks can be attempts to obtain valuable research information that is commercially and politically sensitive.

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