UK colleges and unis urged to prepare for ransomware before it’s too late

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has urged universities, schools, and colleges to be vigilant following an increase in ransomware attacks targeting educational institutions.

“While operational details cannot be disclosed, the NCSC has dealt with a significant increase in the number of attacks since late February, when establishments were preparing to welcome students back to the classroom,” said the GCHQ offshoot in a statement issued this afternoon.

The warning comes in the wake of higher-profile attacks in recent weeks such as the one against Birmingham’s South and City College, which resulted in all 13,000 students being told to stay at home and switch to online lectures last week.

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Source: The Register