Students at Lancaster University have fallen victim to a phising attack by hackers who have stolen confidential data on hundreds of undergarduates, according to the BBC.
Records and ID documents of some Lancaster University students were accessed in the phishing attack and fraudulent invoices were sent to undergraduate applicants, a spokesman for the university said.
Data from undergraduate applicants for 2019 and 2020, including their names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses, was accessed and fake invoices sent to some potential students.
A sophisticated phishing attack has caused a breach of university data. This statement explains what’s happened and how to get in touch if you have any concernshttps://t.co/NMvSGrrWT6
— Lancaster University (@LancasterUni) July 22, 2019
The university said it first became aware that its servers had been hacked on Friday on July 19th and said it acted “as soon [we] became aware of the breach”.
The university spokesman said: “Since Friday we have focused on safeguarding our IT systems and identifying and advising students and applicants who have been affected.