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United Kingdom – Myerscough College

Exploit: DDos/Hacking
Myerscough College: Institution of Higher Learning

Risk to Small Business: 2.707 = Moderate

In what had to be the most frustrating end-of-school saga possible for students and teachers, Myerscough College suffered a brutal denial of service attack that it said “severely damaged all IT infrastructure” on exam results day. The college’s systems were so badly impacted that everything was taken offline, with staff only able to be contacted through social media. Students were eventually able to recover test results after staffers manually emailed their grades.

Individual Risk: No sensitive data or financial information was reported as stolen, but the incident is still under investigation.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: An attack this crippling will not just impact the teachers and students involved, it will incur a significant recovery and rebuilding cost.