University College London have been hit by a major cyber attack

One of the world’s leading universities, University College London has been hit by a “ransomware” attack likened to last month’s cyber attack on NHS computer systems.

University College London (UCL) said that the attack will cause disruption to users due to a restriction to online networks.

It was originally thought that the attack was a result of phishing emails, with links to destructive software, however, it is now thought to be due to contact with a “compromised” website, with clicking on a pop-up page has resulted in the spreading of a malware infection.

The university is warning that the attack could be one known as a “zero-day” attack not been seen before as it was not picked up by its antivirus software.

NHS Digital which offers advice and guidance to help health and social care organisations respond effectively and safely to cyber security said in a statement:

“Our focus is on supporting organisations to manage the incident swiftly and decisively, but we will continue to communicate with NHS colleagues and will share more information as it becomes available.”

 

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