University College London hit by ransomware attack
Alex Hern reported:
University College London has been hit by a “major” ransomware attack which brought down its shared drives and student management system.
The attack has also led to a number of hospital trusts suspending their email servers as a precautionary measure, in an attempt to prevent the repetition of last month’s damaging WannaCry epidemic.
UCL first reported problems at 5pm on Wednesday afternoon. It believes a phishing email, sent around midday, resulted in the ransomware gaining a foothold on its servers, where it began spreading through the university’s N (network) and S (shared) drives. By 7pm, it had restricted access to those drives, and they are currently available in read-only mode for students and staff.
Read more on The Guardian.