University of Sunderland Faced Operation Issues Following a Cyber-attack
The UK University Had Taken Most of Its IT Systems Down.
Last updated on October 15, 2021
The University of Sunderland faced extensive operational issues that took most of its IT systems down. It is believed that the issue was caused by a cyber-attack.
The first signs of malfunction with the university’s IT systems occurred on Tuesday morning, but the problems seem to be widespread and unsolvable.
All phone lines, the official website, the primary email servers, library WiFi, on-premise PC/laptop access, printing, and all online portals that students utilize to access eBooks, journals, and other services appear to have been knocked down by the attack.
Although the University of Sunderland hasn’t mentioned a ransomware assault, the widespread outage indicates this is a possibility.
As thoroughly explained by Andra, ransomware is a sophisticated piece of malware that encrypts all the data on a victim’s PC or mobile device, blocking the data owner’s access to it. After the infection, the victims receive a message informing them that they must pay a particular amount of money (typically in Bitcoins) to obtain the decryption key. There is usually a time restriction for completing the payment; else, the files may be lost permanently. It should be emphasized that even if the victim pays the ransom, there is no assurance that the decryption key will be delivered.
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