The school has had a slow and steady increase in cases in recent weeks, though most of the positives have been off campus and there has yet to be a singular, large outbreak. The initial spike in cases was driven by off-campus parties, UW officials have said, which have prompted an internal investigation to determine if students broke university rules amid the pandemic.
Newcastle University is being held to ransom by cyber criminals in an attack which has been disrupting IT systems since the beginning of the month.
The cyber crime group behind the attack – known as DoppelPaymer – previously leaked documents online relating to Elon Musk’s companies SpaceX and Tesla.
The criminals have posted stolen files from the university online and are threatening to release more, exposing student and staff data unless they receive a ransom payment, according to a post on Twitter and their darkweb site.
Newcastle University has alerted the UK’s data watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, as well as the police.
In a statement on its website, the university said “it will take several weeks” to address the issues, and that many IT services will not be operating during this period.
A third party has been brought in to conduct an incident response investigation into the cyber attack,