In early September 2020, Northumbria university revealed a cyber-incident that shut down operations on a number of its systems. The attack forced the university to cancel exams and close the campus until services are restored.
The students were informed about the cyberattack via letters from the deputy vice-chancellor. University officials have enlisted the help of third-party cybersecurity experts to launch an investigation. The portals used by the students are temporarily suspended until the incident is cleared up. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), Northumbria Police, and other regulatory bodies were also informed of the attack.
For students living on campus, essential services like cleaning and security are still offered by the university. At the time of writing, the security teams are assessing the incident and working towards restoring the services safely.
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