Cyber attack shuts down online learning in 15 UK schools
10th Mar 2021 In Security By Jack Francis

Last week as schools across the UK prepared to reopen 15 schools in the Nottingham area (all belonging to the same trust) had their online learning systems hacked.

according to the trust, a threat actor was able to access the trusts central network infrastructure and subsequently shut down online learning resources. The trust has alerted the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which is currently working with its central IT team to resolve the matter. The incident has also been reported to the Department of Education (DfE) and the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). To help with the investigation the trust has handed over all relevant phone, email, and website communications to establish how this attack was successful.

Days after the initial breach, the IT teams are still working to restore the trust's systems. With a lack of other options, some of the schools have switched to SMS messages and temporary phone numbers to keep the lesson disruption to a minimum.

As of now, we have no information on how the attack was carried out or even if the systems are up and running yet.

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