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University of Liverpool database of 6,500 staff posted on dark web forum

John E Dunn | April 5, 2016
University downplays breach but researchers warn of phishing attacks

"The data is structured in the format of a database and the threat actor has quite an impressive background in offensive activities that include bypassing/taking down DNS servers and a set of tools/expertise in SQLi and DB exploits," commented Cyberint vice president of marketing, Elad Ben-Meir.

According to Ben-Meir, every University of Liverpool staff member or academic should be aware that they are now at increased risk of being targeted by cybercriminals using fraudulent emails in the coming months.

"Universities are particularly hot targets for cyber criminals as they are repositories for all kinds of valuable technological research," he said. "The kind of cyber breach that has occurred at Liverpool University could be the first step towards a more serious series of breaches suffered by the university in the near future."

In cybersecurity circles, the University of Liverpool is probably most famous as the institution at which NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gained his Masters degree in Computer Security in 2011.

In the UK, Cyberint is best known for uncovering the large data breach against UK pub chain, JD Wetherspoon, in December 2015.

Source: Computerworld UK


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