IT security: Cyber attacks on universities

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November 2019
Botnet attack on Kiel Christian Albrechts University
Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
December 2019
Cyber attack on the Justus Liebig University Giessen
Justus-Liebig-Universität, Gießen, Hesse, Germany
May 2020
Cyber attack on the Ruhr University Bochum
August 2020
Cyber attack on the University of Aalborg
Aalborg, Denmark
October 2020
Angriff auf das Git der Universität Augsburg
December 2020
Data theft at University of Maryland, followed by extortion

Through a vulnerability in file transfer software.
January 2021
Multiple University of Huntsville email accounts compromised
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama, USA
February 2021
Data theft and extortion at US university

Through a vulnerability in file transfer software.

University of Colorado
28 February 2021
Cyber attack on the University of Millersville, Pennsylvania
Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, Pennsylvania, USA
8 March 2021
Cyberattack on a university in Scotland
University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
17 March 2021
Hacker attack on the University of Northampton
University of Northampton, Northampton, England, United Kingdom
March 2021
Data theft at the Stanford University

Through a vulnerability in file transfer software.

Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
01 April 2021
Ransomware attack at a university in Dublin, Ireland
Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), Dublin, Ireland
03 April 2021
Ransomware at a college in Dublin, Ireland
National College of Ireland (NCI), Dublin, Ireland
April 2021
Data theft at the University of California

Through a vulnerability in file transfer software.

University of California
April 2021
IT attack on the Technical University of Berlin
Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
May 2021
Cyber attack on a university in Glasgow
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
June 2021
Cyber attack on university in Bogota, Colombia
University Bogota, Bogota, Colombia
July 2021
Server of a university in the Netherlands hacked

Server of Leiden University Observatory was hacked and data was siphoned off, perpetrators demand about 450,000 Euros.

Leiden University Observatory
16 August 2021
Ransomware attack on University of Liechtenstein

In the night from Sunday 15.08. to Monday 16.08., University of Liechtenstein became a victim of a ransomware attack.

University of Liechtenstein
1 September 2021
Hacker attack on the University of Colorado Boulder

The attack on vulnerability in an Atlassian software leaked personal data of 30,000 former employees and students.

University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, USA
03 September 2021
Ransomware at a private university in Washington, D.C.

Affected is the Howard University.

Howard University
30 September 2021
Cyber attack on the university of Galway, Ireland
National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland
30 September 2021
Ransomware at an institute of the University of Leipzig, Germany
Institut für Medizinische Informatik, Statistik und Epidemiologie (IMISE), Leipzig, Saxonia, Germany
The University of Mpumalanga in South Africa averts a cyber scam

As a result of the successful defense, the university lost only 3000 Rand (200 US Dollars) instead of potentially 100 million Rand (6.7 millon US Dollars)

University of Mpumalanga (UMP), Mbombela, Mpumalanga, South Africa
02 October 2021
Ransomware attack on a university in Maryland, USA
Washington Adventist University (WAU), Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
11 October 2021
Ransomware at a university in Barcelona
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona / Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
13 Oktober 2021
Cyberattack on the Sunderland University?
Sunderland University, Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
1. November 2021
Cyberattack on the Nuremberg Institute of Technology, Germany
Nuremberg Institute of Technology / Nuremberg Tech, Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany
October 2021
Hacker attack on a university of education in Germany
Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten, Weingarten, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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