UK: Hackers hold Newcastle Uni student data to ransom

Bobby Hellard reports:

Newcastle University is being held to ransom after cyber criminals hacked into its systems at the start of September.

The group behind the attack are known as ‘DoppelPaymer’ and have been previously linked to an attack on Elon Musk’s companies SpaceX and Tesla.

The attack on the university was reported as a “cyber incident” which shutdown a number of its IT systems and took place on 4 September. At around 10:00 that same day, a backup file was taken, the university said.

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As they have done with other victims who did not pay their demands, the threat actors posted some claimed proof of access/exfiltration and threatened more data release. In this case, the files dumped so far did not contain any personal information on staff or students.


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