Over 1,100 intrusions into UK university networks recorded in 2016-2017 and it has been revealed that the thieves were mainly interested in defence technologies in addition to research into fuels and batteries. The information further provides that one of the UK University College has been a victim of breaches that sought to steal research documents and data. The number of incidents reported almost doubled in two decades.
The information received by the Times revealed different techniques were used to extract either data or cash from the UK’s higher education organisations. Ransomware, phishing and denial of service (DOS) attacks, which bombard sites with data, had all been used against universities, it discovered. The networks universities conducted made them a tempting and easily accessible target, as Universities drive forward a lot of the development and research in the UK. Their network environments are some of the most challenging systems to handle, with smaller security and staffing budgets.
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