Hackers Hit Big Issue, University of Winnipeg With Ransomware Attacks

Z Patel

The Qilin Ransomware group has come under fire for hacking into the servers of the UK-based newspaper, The Big Issue Group.

What’s Happening & Why This Matters

The hack got confidential data and are holding the entire database hostage until a ransom is paid. The Big Issue is working hard to recover the lost data, which includes critical contracts, partner information, personal data, and financial statements.

The Qilin malware has been linked to other hackers and has infected several organizations, with the number of attacks increasing in recent months. Additionally, the University of Winnipeg was targeted in a separate cyber attack, causing the postponement of exams by a week.

Check Point Research: Education sector experiencing more than double  monthly attacks, compared to other industries - Check Point
Credit: Check Point

TF Summary: What’s Next

Cybersecurity insiders believe that these attacks are becoming more common, particularly in educational and healthcare institutions, due to their less fortified networks. These incidents serve as a reminder that no organization is safe from cyber attacks and highlight the importance of robust security measures to protect against evolving threats.

Vigilance and proactive risk mitigation strategies are essential in the cybersecurity landscape — now and always.

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Zara ‘Z’ Patel stands as a beacon of expertise in the field of digital innovation and Artificial Intelligence. Holding a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a specialization in Machine Learning, Z has worked extensively in AI research and development. Her career includes tenure at leading tech firms where she contributed to breakthrough innovations in AI applications. Z is passionate about the ethical and practical implications of AI in everyday life and is an advocate for responsible and innovative AI use.
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