Ransomware gang says they are behind Newcastle University attack


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Oct 1, 2019
UK research university Newcastle University says that it will take several weeks to get IT services back online after DoppelPaymer ransomware operators breached its network and took systems offline on the morning of August 30th.

The attack is now investigated by the UK Police and the National Crime Agency in cooperation with the Newcastle University IT Service (NUIT).

In an update published today, more than a week since the initial attack, Newcastle University says that "[t]he nature of the problem means this will be an on-going situation for some time and it will take several weeks to address."

The investigation into the incident is still at an early stage. IT colleagues continue to work hard on the systems recovery plan, and to support the Police and the National Crime Agency with their enquiries. However, we will not be able to share further detail on the incident until this initial investigation has concluded. The ICO and Office for Students were notified within 72 hours of the cyber incident being detected. - Newcastle University spokesperson.
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