Fresh Cyber Attack on Oxford University Laboratory

Oxford University is back in news for being attacked on a digital note. Confirmed sources report that its Division of Structural Biology division dubbed Strubi was hit by a cyber attack leaking some vital information to hackers. The only good news is that no classical data was compromised, and the hack has been totally contained- all thanks to the IT staff of the internationally renowned educational institute.

National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has started an investigation as soon as it learnt about the attack and is busy finding the culprit behind the incident.

A third party company that was pressed into service to investigate the incident along with the national law enforcement agency suspects a nation funded hacking group behind the incident as the attack was carried out on a sophisticated note and targeted research documents related to Covid-19.

Although Strubi is not into the vaccine development, it offers Covid cells related information to clinical laboratories such as AstraZeneca that are into Vaccine development and distribution.

Forbes has come up with an update that the infiltration by the hackers could have taken place on February 13 and 14th of this year, 202l. 

Already many International security agencies such as US FBI and France’s Agence Nationale De La Securite Des Systemes D’Information have issued a warning in November last year showing a possible cyber attack on laboratories that are into vaccine research. And have requested all healthcare providers to increase their defense line against all variants of sophisticated threats existing in the cyberspace.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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