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Ransomware Attack Hobbles Prestigious University College London

Ransomware Attack Hobbles Prestigious University College London


University College London, one of the U.K.’s prestigious public research universities, has closed off access to personal and shared drives after a ransomware attack was detected late Wednesday afternoon.

University officials said this morning that this was a web-based infection, reversing claims made in the early hours of the attack that the ransomware was executed via a phishing email attachment.

“Our current hypothesis is that the malware infection occurred through users visiting a website that had been compromised rather than being spread via email attachments,” university officials said. “However this remains unconfirmed at the moment.”

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