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NCSC warns of further ransomware attacks on UK education sector

NCSC warns of further ransomware attacks on UK education sector

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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is responding to further ransomware attacks on the education sector by cybercriminals.

The government body continues to respond to an increased number of ransomware attacks affecting education establishments in the UK, including schools, colleges and universities.

On Wednesday June 2, 2021, The Skinners’ Kent Academy and Skinners’ Kent Primary School servers were attacked by hackers who stole and encrypted Trust data, the Academy announced on its website. In a statement, it said: “We are currently working with our data protection company, the police, Action Fraud and the National Cyber Security Centre to investigate this attack and restore all affected systems.

“Whilst the Trust had a number of systems in place to prevent such an attack happening on our network, the sophisticated nature of the organisation behind this meant that The Academy was not in a position whereby we could access the essential information and data we required to open safely following the June Half term.

“The Trust worked incredibly hard to ensure that our students were back in the Academy and face to face education, as soon as it was possible to do so.”

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