Alert issued to UK universities and colleges about spike in cyber attacks

British universities and colleges have been warned about a spike in ransomware attacks targeting the education sector by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ.

Academic institutions are being urged to follow NCSC guidance following a sharp increase in attacks which have left some teachers fearing they won’t be able to accept students when term begins.

Last week staff at Newcastle University warned Sky News they had “no idea how we are going to welcome students in three weeks’ time” following one such ransomware attack, which has impacted IT services across the whole university.

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Source: Sky News