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United Kingdom – Castle School Education Trust

Exploit: Ransomware

Castle School Education Trust: School System

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Risk to Business: 2.463 = Severe

A massive ransomware incident has snarled the start of the new term for 24 schools near Bristol. Laptops, whiteboards and more than 1,000 devices have been disabled, impacting educators and students in 7 schools run by the Castle School Trust and the 17 others maintained by the local authority who relied on the academy group’s IT infrastructure.

Individual Impact: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as compromised in this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware has been an increasingly popular tool for cybercriminals to use against targets in the education sector. Preventing it from hitting systems is just as important as protecting data.