In December 2019 just before Christmas, the university was the subject of a ransomware attack which affected 267 of its 1647 servers. The attack appeared to focus on encrypting Windows data and it also affected back-ups of some systems. The university reportedly paid the attackers a ransom which had been demanded in bitcoin.
The attack prompted a network-wide shutdown and put valuable research and commercial operations data at risk as staff and students were unable to use their emails or the university's filing system.
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