Cybersecurity experts reported that Iranian hackers have targeted at least 18 British universities. Many of whom are certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to provide degrees in cybersecurity.
The Iranian cyber attackers have hit U.K. universities using common phishing attacks that have worked successfully for most of the cases over the years.
The insult and the biggest problem here is the fact that these cyber attackers went after some of the U.K.’s best cyber universities. The phishing emails direct university student and employees to a fake website page where they are prompted with a login.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
These cyber attackers are done in order to harvest the authentication data and then subsequently use it to penetrate the accounts and networks.
Regarding this particular scenario, two-factor authentication is the best cybersecurity solution. Technologies like access control with time travel detection could have noted the logins coming from two different IP addresses, in two likely very disparate geographical locations, perhaps at near the same time. If the data stored within the university clouds is encrypted end-to-end, then the cyber attackers would only have access to unintelligible encrypted data.
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.