Dundee and Angus College has remained closed today after a recent cyber attack, which occurred late last week. The College computer systems were shut down, and students have been asked to reset their passwords before attempting to access online college systems. The College’s Principal has released a statement saying that they do not believe this was a targeted attack, but instead was just an act of “mischief”.
The college experienced a cyber attack on Friday 31 Jan impacting on a number of IT systems. To help us minimise the disruption caused all college campuses will be closed for all students and open for all staff on Monday 3 Feb.
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— Dundee&Angus College (@dundee_angus) February 2, 2020
Although it can’t be said that this attack was conducted by students, universities and schools are often higher-risk targets for this sort of threat due to the number of students learning their trade in computer science. Many students turn to the nearest organisation to test any malware they may have worked with legally in classes. However, this is still a crime, and part of the Computer Misuse Act- and laws like this must be reinforced consistently. It would be devastating for a good student with a fantastic career ahead of them to waste their potential with a prank or simple mischief.
Colleges, universities and schools also need to regularly test their back up processes, such as DDoS protection, and test how quickly they can be back online should ransomware strike, in order to make sure they are best protected.