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Lancaster University students' data stolen in cyberattack

A "sophisticated and malicious phishing attack" has resulted in the  leak of personal data of 12,500 students and applicants at the Lancaster University.

The University admitted that records and ID documents of some undergraduate applicant  for the years 2019 and 2020 had been accessed, and  fraudulent invoices were sent to them. 

In a statement released, the university said that they got to know about the breach on Friday, and they have  set up an incident team who is working to secure its systems.

“Lancaster University has been subject to a sophisticated and malicious phishing attack which has resulted in breaches of student and applicant data,” it said.

“The matter has been reported to law enforcement agencies and we are now working closely with them.”

Data leaked includes name of the student, their addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. 

A university spokesman said: “Since Friday we have focused on safeguarding our IT systems and identifying and advising students and applicants who have been affected. This work of our incident team is ongoing, as is the investigation by law enforcement agencies.”

Australian Universities' Servers hacked, data back from 19 Years stolen

The Australian National University (ANU) confirmed on Tuesday hackers breached their cyber defense system in order to access sensitive data, including students bank and passport details going back 19 years. 

The university said they discovered the breach two weeks ago only, and it was carried out by some ‘’sophisticated operator.”

Last year in July, they thwarted an attempt to hack their network system. According to media reports at that time, the bid originated in China. 

“National community agencies are recruiting directly out of ANU,” said Fergus Hanson, head of the International Cyber Policy Centre at think-tank the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. “To have information around particular people who are working in different departments... that would be very useful.” 

Australia’s cyber intelligence agency said they are still investigating who was behind the attack.

“It does appear to be the work of a sophisticated actor,” a representative of the Australian Signals Directorate said in an emailed statement. “It is too early to speculate about connections to other compromises.”

However, China has always denied its involvement in any kind of hacking attacks and its embassy in Australia did not respond to a request from Reuters for comment.