News and Updates on Information Technology

Netherlands – Maastricht University

Exploit: Ransomware
Maastricht University: Public post-secondary academic institution

Risk to Small Business: 1.888 = Severe: A ransomware attack on Maastricht University disabled the university’s Windows computers and email services. To prevent the malware’s spread, the university brought its entire network offline. While they noted that they are taking extra precautions to protect critical scientific data, they acknowledged that they can’t predict how long it will take them to overcome this expansive attack.

Individual Risk: No personal information was compromised in the breach.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business:Ransomware has enjoyed a troubling resurgence as a prominent way to exact low-risk, high-yield payouts from victims. Often, these attacks are levied on soft targets like organizations or entities that can’t or won’t protect against these threats. Especially for SMBs, it can be tempting to leave this risk up to chance, but the high cost of a ransomware attack makes a strong defensive posture a veritable must-have to remain competitive in today’s digital landscape.


Risk Levels:
1 – 1.5 = Extreme Risk
1.51 – 2.49 = Severe Risk
2.5 – 3 = Moderate Risk
*The risk score is calculated using a formula that considers a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.