University College London is continuing to deal with a major cyberattack. The university has warned students and staff about the risk of potential data loss and a substantial disruption to operations.
The university initially believed the attack originated from a phishing email. However, they now suspect a UCL user visited a compromised website. While the infection is contained, the extent of the damage is unclear and still under investigation.
The university advises all UCL staff to remain vigilant of the possibility of another infection when visiting websites or receiving unusual emails. It is unclear if the attack is connected to last month’s WannaCry ransomware which wreaked havoc across the globe, including impacting the National Health Service in England.
Again, this attack highlights the importance of a multi-layered cybersecurity approach including a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution and anti-virus software. Learn more about how you can protect yourself from ransomware before it’s too late.