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United Kingdom – The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom

Exploit: Nation-State Hacking
The Defence Academy of the United Kingdom: Specialty Graduate School

Risk to Small Business: 2.775 = Moderate

A nation-state hacking incident took the website and IT system of the UK Ministry of Defence training school offline this week. Systems at the academy were extensively compromised and it will take time to completely restore the impacted computers and servers. Russian and Chinese state-sponsored hackers are suspected to be behind the offensive. IT at the school is run separately by a contractor and no systems at the Ministry of Defence were impacted.

Individual Risk: 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: Human error is the top cause of cybersecurity incidents. Improve security awareness training for everyone in the organization to reduce it.