University still recovering from major cyberattack that disrupted IT systems

The UK-based University of Sunderland is finally gearing up to relaunch its core IT systems after a cyberattack knocked out most systems last week. 

The university used Twitter last Wednesday to report that its telephone lines, website and IT systems were down a day after what it believed was a cyberattack had commenced. 

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Sunderland cancelled all online classes but encouraged students to visit its campuses where in-person teaching continued. 

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Per the BBC, the university’s vice-chancellor Sir David Bell posted a video on the institution’s temporary website to explain its efforts to restore IT systems. Its website had displayed a message that the site was down for “essential maintenance”. 

Bell said the university had been hit by a “major” cyberattack.

“The obvious question is how long will this situation last? The honest answer at the moment is we just don’t know,” said Bell on

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