Hackers target private schools in UK
Hackers target private schools in UK
Hackers apparently are taking advantage of poorly secured systems at private schools in the UK, stealing identifying data, typically through phishing attacks, that they could then use to target parents with fake invoices and other means of cyber-crime.

The Information Commissioner's Office noted a case of a private school attack, and the Independent Schools' Bursars Association's chief executive said that cyber-attacks have graduated from being an “isolated incident” to a serious concern, with fraudsters likely being “one step ahead,” according to a report in the Telegraph.

The report also cited Cyber Decider's Neil Hare-Brown as saying that six private schools filed insurance claims in the last two-and-a-half months as a result of cyber-attacks.

“By targeting organisations such as schools, which are (quite understandably) more likely to be interested in spending on education than cyber-security, fraudsters have identified a lucrative industry, with parents guaranteed to have disposable income they can engineer into their own hands,” said Ryan Wilk, vice president at NuData Security. “This warning should make private schools sit up and take notice of the threat cyber-crime and fraud present, and the damage this kind of scam could do to their reputation. Equally, parents of private school pupils should remain extra vigilant to any emails allegedly coming from the school, and should doublecheck with the institution before making any kind of payment.”

Commenting on this, Ryan Wilk, vice president at NuData Security said: “This kind of thought-out, organised and targeted cyber-crime is the perfect example of how cyber-crime has developed from opportunistic to highly organised in recent years. By targeting organisations such as schools, which are (quite understandably) more likely to be interested in spending on education than cyber-security, fraudsters have identified a lucrative industry, with parents guaranteed to have disposable income they can engineer into their own hands. This warning should make private schools sit up and take notice of the threat cyber-crime and fraud present, and the damage this kind of scam could do to their reputation. Equally, parents of private school pupils should remain extra vigilant to any emails allegedly coming from the school, and should double check with the institution before making any kind of payment.”