Hackers leak data of thousands of British School Pupils

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A cyber gang has leaked data of thousands of British school pupils online and is also threatening to add more to the list, as almost all the 6 victims have chosen not to entertain the cyber criminals.

Information is out that sensitive details such as passport numbers of children, their identity related documents, disciplinary statements, and child protection reports were accessed and stolen by hackers last month.

As the victims, say 5 schools and a college have chosen not to pay a ransom, Vice Society, a well-known gang of cyber criminals, has sold data on the dark web.

Stolen files include digital papers from The De Montfort School, Evesham, Worcestershire, and some pupils from Pilton Community College in Barnstaple, Devon.

Cybersecurity Insiders has also learned from its scribes that the accessed data includes information that was classed as vulnerable and studying from home during the pandemic crisis of COVID-19.

In the past few weeks, the Vice Society tried to establish a contact with its victims to extort money. However, none of them responded to the group of cyber criminals positively and so it sold the siphoned data on the web.

NCSC has received a report of the incident and is investigating it to the core. All the victims are taking the help of third party security firms and IT services to restore the systems and have assured that they will take all measures to mitigate such cyber risks in the future.

 

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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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