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The University of Hertfordshire in the UK has been hit by a cyber-attack that has taken down its entire IT network as well as blocking access to its cloud-based services.

The attack, which began at just before 22:00 on Wednesday, has taken down its Wi-Fi network, student record portal, and email system. Students have also reported being unable to access Office 365 services, including its main collaboration platform MS Teams, as well as Canvas and Zoom.

In a statement, the university said: “As a result, all online teaching will be cancelled today (Thursday 15 April), and we understand that this may impact students being able to submit assignments. We want to reassure our students that no one will be disadvantaged as a consequence of this.

“Any in-person, on-campus teaching may continue today if computer access is not required, but students will have no onsite or remote access to computer facilities in the LRC’s, labs, or the University Wi-Fi.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this situation has caused and will continue to keep you updated.”

Hertfordshire Police has confirmed it has been informed of the situation and is seeking information from the public on this matter.

The NCSC reported that since late February there’s been an increased number of ransomware attacks on educational institutions in the UK.

Priyanshu Vijayvargiya

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 'Virtualattacks Inc' Priyanshu Vijayvargiya is a cybersecurity analyst, Information Security professional, developer, and a white hat hacker.

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