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The University of Manchester cybersecurity incident has been widely reported, and it is understood that information has been misused or exposed as a result of what has happened.
Unfortunately, the education institution is one in a long line of organisations that have fallen foul of cybersecurity incidents in recent years. The results of these data breaches often lead to significant swathes of personal information being misused and exposed.
Education sector data breach compensation claims can have a significant impact, and we can represent victims pursuing cases on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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You could be eligible to claim compensation for a university student data breach if you have been affected by this kind of incident and have suffered distress or any kind of loss.
The GDPR can entitle you to claim compensation for any impact on you that has been caused by the loss of control of your personal information. You do not have to have lost any money or paid out any expenses to claim but, if these are applicable factors, we can look to take them into account.
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We have agreed to take cases forward for a number of individuals who have approached us having been notified that they have been affected by the Arden University data breach.
Your Lawyers, as Leading Data Leak Lawyers representing thousands of people engaged in over 50 group and multi-party actions, often receive contact quickly after the notification of a breach has occurred. As we are open late in the evenings and over the weekends, we have been able to take a number of cases forward on a No Win, No Fee basis for those who have asked for our help.
If you have also received the important security notice from Arden University confirming that you are affected, please do not hesitate to contact us for free, no-obligation legal advice here now.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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