Cam­pus data can be hacked in 2 hours

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HACK­ERS can ob­tain univer­si­ties’ sen­si­tive data in un­der two hours, re­search shows.

Ex­perts urged in­sti­tu­tions to take ur­gent ac­tion to en­sure they have ‘suf­fi­ciently ro­bust’ pro­tec­tion against cy­ber at­tacks.

The warn­ing comes after in­dus­try tests showed a 100 per cent suc­cess rate of gain­ing ac­cess to univer­sity records within two hours, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy In­sti­tute and not- for- profit tech­nol­ogy com­pany Jisc.

Their re­port said more than 1,000 Dis­trib­uted De­nial of Ser­vice (DDoS) at­tacks were de­tected at 241 UK ed­u­ca­tion and re­search in­sti­tu­tions last year. These hacks at­tempt to sabotage servers or web­sites by flood­ing them with bo­gus re­quests and traf­fic.

Au­thor Dr John Chap­man, from Jisc, said: ‘We are not con­fi­dent all univer­si­ties are equipped with ad­e­quate cy­ber-se­cu­rity knowl­edge, skills and in­vest­ment.’ HEPI di­rec­tor Nick Hill­man added: ‘Univer­si­ties hold masses of data on sen­si­tive re­search and on staff and stu­dents, but some of it is not prop­erly se­cured.’

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