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Wednesday, 09 September 2020 09:17

British university hit by Windows DoppelPaymer ransomware

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The University of Newcastle in the UK has been hit by a gang using the Windows DoppelPaymer ransomware, with the institution saying it is investigating the attack that it had noticed on 6 September.

Some material that was exfilitrated from the university's website has been placed on the dark web.

Contacted for comment, a Newcastle University spokesperson said: "The investigation into the incident is still at an early stage. IT colleagues continue to work hard on the systems recovery plan, and to support the Police and the National Crime Agency with their inquiries.

"However, we will not be able to share further detail on the incident until this initial investigation has concluded. The Information Commissioner's Office and Office for Students was notified within 72 hours of the cyber incident being detected."

In an earlier statement, the spokesperson said: "We understand the difficulties this is creating and we are sorry for the disruption this is causing to our students, staff and partners. The university is continuing to investigate the full impact of a cyber incident.

"We take the security of our systems extremely seriously and we were able to respond quickly to this situation. Our IT team became aware of unusual activity on our systems on Sunday morning and immediately began their investigations.

"Our teams are working with a number of agencies including the police to address the current issues and are continuing to take measures to secure IT services.

"The nature of the problem means this is an on-going situation which we anticipate will take a number of weeks to address. A number of our IT services are not operating and will remain that way for the duration."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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