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Universities’ data systems can be hacked in under two hours, cybersecurity testing shows

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1633 (Published 05 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1633
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

A test of cyber defences at UK universities has found that hackers are able to get into data systems and gain access to “high value” information, including research data, in just two hours.

Simulated attacks carried out by Jisc, the agency providing internet and other shared digital services to the UK’s universities and research centres, gained access to personal data, finance systems, and research networks within two hours in all of the higher education institutions it targeted.

The techniques used by …

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