Man arrested in connection with University of South Wales data breach

A 26-year-old man has been arrested following a data breach that took place at the University of South Wales.

Last week, news broke about a data breach at the UK institution, details of which were passed on to police authorities. Adding to the disruption, the incident took place as USW students were sitting down to take exams.

The University, whose 30,000-strong student cohort is spread over campuses in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd, took its student record system offline in wake of the incident.

The data breach was, at first, believed to be “limited”, but South Wales Police responded by launching an official investigation into the matter.

The probe has led to the arrest of a man from Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, who was detained before being released on bail.

Officers at South Wales Police are continuing to assess the full scale of the data breach, but no further details have been released. The extent of the damage the incident has had on the University of South Wales is still unknown.

The university said:

“We have taken immediate action to secure the University’s systems to ensure that there are no further breaches.”


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