The UKRI announced this week that it feel victim to a cyberattack, which resulted in “data being encrypted by a third party.” Details are scarce, and it has not been reported who was behind the attack. The incident has been reported to the National Crime Agency, the National Cyber Security Centre and Information Commissioner’s Office.
The attackers encrypted data and impacted two of the UKRI’s services. The first was a portal for the UK Research Office based in Brussels, which a service offering information to subscribers. The second was the extranet that the UKRI councils use as a a platform for peer review. At the point of publication, there was no evidence the attackers had stolen any data from UKRI’s systems.