The Royal ransomware gang has claimed responsibility for a recent cyberattack on the Queensland University of Technology and begun to leak data allegedly stolen during the security breach.
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is one of the largest universities in Australia by the number of students (52,672), operating on a budget that surpasses one billion A$.
The university is focused on scientific, technological, engineering, and mathematical studies and has received significant government funding to back its research in recent years.
QUT disclosed a cyberattack on January 1st, 2023, warning students and academic staff of inevitable service disruptions resulting from the security incident.
The university shut down all IT systems to prevent the attack’s spread, and the university is working with external experts to respond to the security incident.
“Our university staff are working around the clock to assess the situation, restore services and limit disruption to students and academic progress,” reads the QUT announcement.