University College London hit by ransomware attack

University restricts access to several IT systems and file shares to halt spread of malware

University College London (UCL) has urged students to treat suspicious-looking emails with caution following a ransomware attack that began to infect its IT systems on 14 June.

The university confirmed that the attack had damaged files stored on shared and personal drives, prompting it to restrict access to an unspecified number of IT systems to arrest the spread of the malware.

Some systems have been taken offline, while others have had their functionality scaled back, allowing users to access their files, but make no changes to them.

In a statement, the university said the measure had allowed it to “contain the risk of further infection”, as it set about trying to identify the source of it.

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