The National College of Ireland (NCI) and Dublin University of Technology (TU Dublin) reported that they suffered ransomware attacks that greatly affect systems Their IT.
The NCI is currently working to restore IT services after being attacked by ransomware on 3 April, which forced the college to temporarily shut down its IT systems.
Specifically, the college stated in a statement issued on April 3: "NCI is currently experiencing significant disruption to its IT services, such as Moodle, library service and student MyDetails."
College and staff were briefed shortly after the security incident that IT staff and outside service providers were working to restore services. Access to NCI IT systems has been suspended and the campus building remains closed to both students and staff until the affected areas are restored. services.
The NCI has also notified relevant authorities of the incident, including the Data Protection Commissioner and the Gardaí (of the National Police Service of the Republic of Ireland.
Regarding its operation, the college stated in a relevant statement the following: "Please note that all courses, assessments and sessions scheduled from Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 April have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. The college will issue further information on the afternoon of April 8 for classes and other events, for Friday and beyond. "
However, NCI is not the only educational institution in Ireland that has been hit by cyber attacks these days. The Tallaght campus of Dublin University of Technology (TU Dublin) also fell victim to ransomware attack in the morning April 1, which affected both IT systems and campus back-ups.
TU Dublin stated in a statement on its official website the following: "Some ICT systems on the Tallaght campus have been affected, but remote access to basic services remains secure. The ICT Helpdesk could not respond to requests while the incident was being investigated. Updates will be emailed. "
In addition, students are advised not to use any of the on-campus IT systems until Monday, April 12, and to avoid contact with IT staff currently working to repair affected systems.
A TU Dublin spokesman also said there was currently no indication that data - including personal data - of students or staff had been exposed..
So far, there is no information on which ransomware gangs are behind these two attacks.
Source of information: bleepingcomputer.com