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University confirms ‘Cyber Security Incident’

The University of Wolverhampton reported the incident on February 20

The University experienced a “cyber security incident”, which led to IT systems going down.

According to the BBC, “Thousands of university staff and students were asked to work from home after IT issues began on Tuesday across all of the University’s campuses.”

Read BBC’s original story here

Were other Universities attacked?

This incident comes after several other attacks at the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester that happened on the same day. There has been no confirmation that the attacks are linked.

A University of Wolverhampton spokesperson said: “Working with external IT security experts, we can now confirm that the university has experienced a cyber security incident.

“We had to take some of our systems offline which resulted in some disruption to teaching.

“We have now put measures in place to conduct remote lectures in the short-term, alongside in-person teaching on campus where that is appropriate.”

How did the cyber attack impact students?

The BBC interviewed students at the University of Wolverhampton on how the attack has impacted them.

Motorsports engineering student, Rowan Ashby said: “Some people have been saying it could last up to six months, two weeks. It’s a very confusing time right now.”

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