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Ransomware attack on London schools highlights warnings

March 30, 2021

A disruptive cyber attack on a “chain” of schools in London and the South East, which has left around 37,000 pupils unable to access email, has again highlighted the vulnerability of educational institutions to targeted ransomware attacks, coming just days after the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned of a spate of such incidents.

The Croydon-based Harris Federation, which runs 48 primary and secondary academies, uncovered the ransomware attack by an as-yet unnamed operator on Saturday 27 March.

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