This page lists known hacking attacks on universities and colleges from 2022 and 2021. Universities generally communicate very openly when they have been hit by a cyberattack, partly because a large number of students are usually affected. Therefore, the number of unreported cases is likely to be low, at least for large cyber attacks.
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Statistics: Cyber attacks on colleges and universities 2023

Flag GermanyFebruary 2023 ?
Cyber attack on a private university of applied sciences in Germany
Europäische Fachhochschule - Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Rhein-Erft-Kreis)
https://www.eufh.de/hochschule/pressemit...
⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: very good immediate communication by the affected organization.
Flag GermanyJanuary 31, 2023
Cyber attack on a university of applied sciences in Germany
Hochschule Harz - Wernigerode, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany (Landkreis Harz)
https://www.n-tv.de/regionales/sachsen-a...
The affected organization informed the public about the incident.
Flag GermanyJanuary 31, 2023
Cyber attack on a university of applied sciences in Germany
Hochschule Ruhr West (HRW) - Mülheim an der Ruhr, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
https://www.hochschule-ruhr-west.de/hrwo...
⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: very good immediate communication by the affected organization.
Flag CanadaJanuary 9, 2023
Cyber attack on a college in British Columbia
Okanagan College - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
https://www.okanagan.bc.ca/news/update-o...
⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: very good immediate communication by the affected organization.
Flag GermanyJanuary 3, 2023
Cyber attack on a university of applied sciences in Germany
Fachhochschule Westküste - Heide (Holstein), Germany (Kreis Dithmarschen)
https://www.fh-westkueste.de/home/
The affected organization informed the public about the incident.

Statistics: Cyber attacks on colleges and universities 2022

Flag GermanyDecember 29, 2022
Cyber attack on a university of applied sciences in Germany
Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg) - Hamburg, Germany
⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: very good immediate communication by the affected organization.
Flag NetherlandsDecember 8, 2022
Ransomware at a temporary employment company of a university in the Netherlands
Universiteit Leiden / JobMotion B.V. - Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/jobmot...
https://www.medewerkers.universiteitleid...
⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: very good immediate communication by the affected organization.
Flag GermanyNovember 12, 2022
Unauthorized access at a university in Germany
Technische Hochschule Ulm (THU) - Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
https://studium.hs-ulm.de/de/Seiten/news...
The affected organization informed the public about the incident.
Flag USANovember 2022
Cyber attack on a college in Ohio
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA (Hamilton County)
https://www.cincinnatistate.edu/restorat...
⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: very good updated information on the incident by the affected organization.
Flag GermanyOctober 29, 2022
Cyberattack on a university in Germany
Hochschule Heilbronn - Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
https://www.hs-heilbronn.de/de/it-servic...
https://www.hs-heilbronn.de/de/cyberangr...
⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: very good immediate communication by the affected organization.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: excellent updated information on the incident by the affected organization.
Flag ColombiaOctober 2022
Cyberattack on a university in Colombia
Universidad Piloto de Colombia - Bogota, Colombia
https://www.facebook.com/UniPilotoOficia...
Flag GermanyOctober 20, 2022
Cyber attack on a university of applied sciences in Germany
Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig (HTWK) - Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
https://www.htwk-leipzig.de/no_cache/hoc...
⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: very good immediate communication by the affected organization.
Flag USASeptember 30, 2022
Cyber attack at a private university in Mississippi
William Carey University - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA (Forrest County)
https://www.wdam.com/2022/10/01/william-...
Flag USASeptember 27, 2022
Unauthorized access at a college in Michigan
Hope College - Holland, Michigan, USA (Ottawa County, Allegan County)
https://oag.ca.gov/system/files/Adult_re...
Flag NetherlandsSeptember 18, 2022
Students of a university in the Netherlands affected by a hack
Hogeschool Utrecht - Utrecht, Netherlands
Flag UKSeptember 2022
Cyber attack on a university in the United Kingdom
SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) - London, United Kingdom
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-glou...
Flag DenmarkAugust 2022
Unauthorized access at a university in Denmark
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU) - Lyngby, Denmark
Flag GermanyJuly 23, 2022
Cyber attack on a university in Germany
Bergische Universität Wuppertal - Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
https://www.uni-wuppertal.de/de/news/det...
Flag GermanyJune 21, 2022
Cyber attack on a university of applied sciences in Germany
FH Münster - Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ KonBriefing thinks: outstanding sustainable communication and retrospection by the affected organization.
Flag GermanyJune 6, 2022
Cyberattack on a pedagogical university in Germany
Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg - Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
https://www.badische-zeitung.de/paedagog...
Flag AustriaMay 30, 2022
Learning platform for distance learning in Austria affected by cyber attack
AMC Wirtschaftsakademie GmbH - Vienna, Austria
The platform is affected by a cyberattack on a data center in Germany.
https://mba-studium.at/lernplattform-war...
Flag IrelandMay 2022
Potenital cyberattack on a university in Ireland
National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) - Galway, Ireland
The National University of Ireland Galway was already the target of a serious attack in September 2021.
https://www.rte.ie/news/connacht/2022/05...
Flag GermanyApril 28, 2022
Cyber attack at a university of applied sciences in Berlin
Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin - Berlin, Germany
https://www.f3.htw-berlin.de/it-sicherhe...
Flag GermanyApril 19, 2022
Unauthorized access to data of a university library in Germany
Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig - Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
Affected are about 70,000 records with personal data.
https://www.ub.uni-leipzig.de/aktuelles/...
Flag AustriaMarch 28, 2022
Hacker attack on e-mail accounts of the University of Salzburg, Austria
Paris Lodron Universität Salzburg (PLUS) - Salzburg, Austria
The university is named after Archbishop Paris Graf von Lodron (Paride Lodron), who founded it in 1622.
(German)
https://kurier.at/chronik/oesterreich/ha...
Flag GermanyMarch 26, 2022
Cyber attack on a university of applied sciences in Germany
Technische Hochschule Aschaffenburg - Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany
The university offers degree programs in the fields of science, technology, business, law and health.
(German)
https://www.th-ab.de/hochschule/aktuelle...
Flag BrazilMarch 16, 2022
Church university in Brazil affected by cyber attack
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR) - Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
As a result of the cyberattack on Grupo Marista.
https://www.cisoadvisor.com.br/grupo-mar...
Flag FinlandFebruary 4, 2022
Cyberattack on a university of applied sciences in Finland
Savonia-ammattikorkeakoulu (Savonia AMK) - Kuopio, Finland
https://www.savonia.fi/uutiset/savoniaan...
Flag GermanyJanuary 27, 2022
More DDoS attacks on a University of Applied Sciences in Germany
FH Münster - Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
https://twitter.com/fh_muenster/status/1...
Flag GermanyJanuary 2022
DDoS attacks on a University of Applied Sciences in Germany
FH Münster - Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
https://www.fh-muenster.de/hochschule/ak...
Flag NetherlandsJanuary 12, 2022
DDoS attack on a university magazine in the Netherlands
observant - Maastricht, Netherlands
https://www.observantonline.nl/Home/Arti...

Statistics: Cyber attacks on colleges and universities 2021

Flag USADecember 2021
Cyberattack on a college in Illinois
Lincoln College - Lincoln, Illinois, USA
The cyberattack contributed to the college's May 2022 closure.
https://lincolncollege.edu/
Flag USAOctober 2, 2021
Ransomware attack on a university in Maryland, USA
Washington Adventist University (WAU) - Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
https://www.wau.edu/wau-ransomware-attac...
Flag South Africa2021
The University of Mpumalanga in South Africa averts a cyber scam
University of Mpumalanga (UMP) - Mbombela, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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)
https://www.itweb.co.za/content/Kjlyrvw1...
Flag USASeptember 3, 2021
Ransomware at a private university in Washington, D.C.
Howard University - Washington, D.C., USA
Affected is the Howard University.
https://newsroom.howard.edu/newsroom/art...
Flag USASeptember 1, 2021
Hacker attack on the University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Boulder - Boulder, Colorado, USA (Boulder County)
The attack on vulnerability in an Atlassian software leaked personal data of 30,000 former employees and students.
https://www.colorado.edu/today/2021/10/2...
Flag UKJuly 2021
Targeted attack on experts with a focus on the Middle East
London, United Kingdom
The security service provider Proofpoint has analyzed a targeted attack on experts, professors and journalists with a focus on the Middle East. Access data to various online services was to be tapped via the compromised website of a well-known institute of the University of London. The attack is attributed to Iran.
https://www.proofpoint.com/us/blog/threa...
Flag UKMay 2021
Cyber attack on a university in Glasgow
Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
https://www.gcu.ac.uk/theuniversity/univ...
Flag USAApril 2021
Data theft at the University of California
University of California - California, USA
Through a vulnerability in file transfer software.
https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu...
Flag USAFebruary 28, 2021
Cyber attack on the University of Millersville, Pennsylvania
Millersville University of Penn. - Millersville, Pennsylvania, USA
http://thesnapper.millersville.edu/index...
Flag USAFebruary 2021
Data theft and extortion at US university
University of Colorado - Colorado, USA
Through a vulnerability in file transfer software.
https://www.cu.edu/accellion-cyberattack

Statistics: Cyber attacks on colleges and universities 2020

Statistics: Cyber attacks on colleges and universities 2019

Flag NetherlandsDecember 23, 2019
Cyber attack on a university in the Netherlands
Universiteit Maastricht (UM) - Maastricht, Netherlands
https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/nl/u...

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