University of Manchester dealing with cyber security breach
The University of Manchester has this morning (June 9) revealed that it is currently managing a cyber security incident after detecting unauthorised activity on its network.
In a stock exchange announcement, it said that, on becoming aware of the incident, the university immediately launched an investigation, engaging in-house experts and established expert external support who are working to resolve this incident and to establish what data may have been affected.
The university said it is also working with the relevant authorities, including the Information Commissioner’s Office, the National Cyber Security Centre, and other regulatory bodies.
Patrick Hackett, the university’s registrar, secretary and chief operating officer, said: “Regrettably, I have to share with you the news that the university is the victim of a cyber incident.
“It has been confirmed that some of our systems have been accessed by an unauthorised party and data have likely been copied. Our in-house experts and established expert external support are working around the clock to resolve this incident.
“We are working to understand what data have been accessed and will update you as more information becomes available.”
He added: “As you would expect, we are also working with the relevant authorities, including the Information Commissioner’s Office, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the National Crime Agency and other regulatory bodies.
“We know this will cause concern to members of our community and we are very sorry for this.
“Our priority is to resolve this issue and provide information to those affected as soon as we are able to, and we are focusing all available resources.
“You should be vigilant to any suspicious phishing emails.
“We have published a set of Frequently Asked Questions about the incident, and will continue to provide updates when we have further information to share.”