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July 20, 2022

Student data breach compensation claims

We may be able to represent you for a student data breach compensation claim on a No Win, No Fee basis if we believe that your circumstances could entitle you to claim damages.

Your Lawyers – as Leading Data Leak Lawyers – represent thousands of clients for privacy compensation cases, having recovered over £1m in data breach damages for mostly individual clients to date. Our team is on hand to provide free, no-obligation legal advice here now – find out if we can help you today.

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November 24, 2021

Data breaches by schools and universities

Educational establishments commonly hold a wealth of information about their students, often to meet safeguarding requirements, or to ensure teachers have an appreciation of children’s personal circumstances. Such information can be valuable in providing care and support to students, yet it can also represent a security risk if organisations are not doing enough to protect this information. Due to the sensitivity of the information held, data breaches by schools and universities can be particularly harmful to those affected.

Unfortunately, cybercriminals also recognise the value of pupil and student data, seeing educational institutions as prime targets for hacks. The National Cyber Security Centre released an alert earlier this year revealing that the education sector was at an increased risk of ransomware attacks in late February, which is important to note.

With external threats to the sector high, it is essential that schools and universities are doing their utmost to protect personal information. Where they fail to do so, victims may be able to claim compensation for any loss of control of their personal information.

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October 22, 2021

University of Sunderland cyberattack

The University of Sunderland cyberattack situation remains ongoing, with a significant amount of their IT and infrastructure grinding to a halt as a result of the problems caused.

Your Lawyers – as Leading Data Leak Lawyers – are used to seeing these kinds of incidents. We are also used to representing people claiming data breach compensation from events like this, and we have successfully recovered damages for victims affected by university data breaches.

Whilst we do not know the extent of what information – if any – has been compromised in this incident, if there are victims whose right to privacy has been breached, we may be able to help.

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September 07, 2021

Cybersecurity in the education sector

The education sector is being increasingly targeted by cyberattacks, with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) issuing a warning regarding the rising incidence of criminal attacks in late March. Primary schools, secondary schools and higher educational institutions all hold a wide variety of private information, some of which can be highly sensitive in nature. Ensuring good cybersecurity in the education sector is, therefore, of paramount importance to ensure the privacy and safety of both staff and students.

While some cyberattacks can be difficult to prevent, it can sometimes be the case that organisations have failed to ensure that their systems are secure enough, allowing hackers a point of easy access. When this occurs, the organisation in question may have breached data protection law.

It is essential that schools and universities do their bit to protect the information that they store and process, or they risk exposing staff and students to data misuse. Anyone who has been put in this vulnerable situation may be eligible to claim compensation for the harm caused, so do not hesitate to contact us if you think that you may have a claim to make.

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December 01, 2020

Warnings over Open University cyberattacks

Warnings of increased numbers of Open University cyberattacks have hit the news after the London-based remote learning institute revealed that they have been subject to more than 1.1 million attempted cyberattacks since January 2020.

An element of these staggering figures could be put down to the coronavirus pandemic and the first national lockdown, with the second lockdown thought to potentially lead to more. With more people forced to work remotely, and many other universities now going online, the Open University has reportedly seen huge numbers of people looking to learn new skills during lockdown, or to boost their qualifications.

With the increase in online learning, as with everything else moving more online, there has been an increased number of cyberattack attempts. Particularly with the mass amounts of new devices on university servers, the Open University could be subject to many more cyberattacks given that being online is at the core of their business.

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September 11, 2020

Northumbria University cyberattack

The ongoing Northumbria University cyberattack is a cause for concern and has already led to a significant amount of distribution for students.

We understand that the situation remains ongoing as the university tries to fix the problems that have arisen from the cyberattack. It looks like this may be a ransomware attack, and it remains unknown as to whether any information has been exposed so far.

If data does end up being exposed, victims whose personal information is affected may need our legal advice and representation.

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August 07, 2020

Data breaches at universities are a serious problem

As a leading firm of data breach compensation experts, we are used to representing people for data breaches at universities on a No Win, No Fee basis.

And with recent research indicating that breaches in the education sector continue to be a serious problem, our work to fight for the justice of the victims continues to be important.

Victims of a university data breach can be eligible to claim compensation for the loss of control of their personal information. Here’s how this can work, as well as coverage of the recent research.

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July 09, 2020

University data leak compensation claims

As the higher education sector becomes more and more digitalised, it’s a good time to remind people of their rights when it comes to a university data leak.

As a leading firm of data protection compensation and consumer action lawyers, we represent thousands of clients for cases. This includes for both individual claims and for large group and multi-party actions. We have represented clients for both singular and group cases for university data breaches, so we know the law and we have the experience a victim requires to fight for their rights to justice.

Here’s how we can help.

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November 19, 2019

University cyber breach compensation

You can be entitled to make a claim for compensation if you have been the victim of a university cyber breach and your data has been misused or exposed.

It’s important to remember that higher education facilities like universities hold a wealth of information about a lot of people. It can include the usual personal information as well as financial data for fees, and medical and domestic data to ensure that the needs to students are met. When it comes to mitigating circumstances, the information that could be held for students can include some incredibly personal and sensitive information.

Universities can also be a major target for cyber criminals because of the research data that they hold. The information for students and employees can easily get caught up in such an attack as well.

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October 03, 2019

University cyber-attack compensation advice

Victims of a university cyber-attack can be entitled to claim for data breach compensation, and we can offer No Win, No Fee representation for cases that meet our eligibility criteria.

Universities and other learning institutions can be somewhat of a target for cybercriminals. They can be targeted by foreign threat across who are seeking intelligence and research information, but they can also be a target for those who wish to hack data for ransom.

These institutions often hold a wealth of personal and sensitive data about tens of thousands of people, and victims of a data breach like this should know their rights for justice.

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