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United Kingdom – UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Exploit: Ransomware
UKRI: Scientific Research Agency

Risk to Small Business: 1.411 = Severe

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) agency is now researching a ransomware incident that encrypted data and impacted its proprietary services. The impacted services include a service offering information to subscribers and the platform for peer review of various parts of the agency. The agency has not yet disclosed if data was stolen or any other impact, and the incident is under investigation. UKRI is a public body of the Government of the United Kingdom, tasked with investing in science and research, and it’s generous budget may have made it an attractive target for ransomware.

Individual Risk: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware is a huge risk for every business, and it’s essential that everyone in your team is on board to spot and stop ransomware attacks.