Cyber Attack On British School Network In Dubai

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A British school in Dubai has warned parents about a cyber attack on its network last week but has reassured them that necessary action has been taken to safeguard student and parent information.

In a circular sent out to parents earlier, the school said the IT team at DBS JP had identified and re-set all compromised accounts, blocked ambiguous URL links and attackers’ IPs from their systems.

It said since the breach, the school had some instances where hackers had sent emails posing as staff from DBS JP and Taaleem to its staff and parents. It also had fake accounts set up to mimic a DBS account that asked parents to click a dropbox link. Another sent a PDF file for a possible rebate, while yet another was a ransomware email that told recipients to send bitcoins or risk having illicit activities by the recipient shared on the internet.

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The school warned parents that these were fake messages and part of a phishing scam and advised them to delete suspicious messages, not click on any links and inform the school if they found anything amiss.

Clive Pierrepont, the Communications Consultant with the Taaleem education group which runs the Dubai British School, Jumeirah Park, told, “The incident was recognised and dealt with within hours of the failed attack. The hackers gained very limited access, and our system resisted further attempts to circumvent the additional layers of our network security. The attack did not result in any data breaches.”

Pierrepont said, “We encourage all schools to enforce strong passwords and two-factor authentication (2FA) within their organisations.”


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