News and Updates on Information Technology

United Kingdom – University of Portsmouth

Exploit: Ransomware

University of Portsmouth: Institution of Higher Learning

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Risk to Business: 1.672 = Severe

IT systems at the University of Portsmouth were knocked offline this week after a supposed ransomware attack, delaying the start of the new term. Although it was due to open on Monday for the start of the summer term, the university campus will continue to remain closed to students until at least 04/30/21 due to an inability to access online learning or data tools.

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, especially targeted ransomware, is the weapon of choice for cybercrime, and ransoms have been skyrocketing as criminals grow more brazen about disrupting business operations and holding them hostage until they’re paid.