Newcastle University has been hit by a cyberattack that it says will take weeks to fix – and while the institution hasn’t confirmed the nature of the incident, a ransomware gang is threatening online to leak the personal data of students.
The university first started reporting issues with IT systems on September 1, which has since lead to almost all university systems used by students and staff becoming restricted or unavailable in an effort to stop further disruption by the attack.
“It is essential that our IT estate is free from any malware and secure before we start the recovery process,” said an update by the university on September 2.
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The type of malware that has infected the systems hasn’t been disclosed by the university, but cyber criminals have claimed responsibility for a ransomware attack against the university – and they’re threatening