Cyberattack halts "poor value" remote learning for Sunderland students

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A suspected cyberattack against the University of Sunderland has left staff and students unable to access emails, remote learning and telephone lines.
A suspected cyberattack against the University of Sunderland in the UK has left staff and students unable to access emails, remote learning systems and telephone lines.

The university made the IT disruption public on Tuesday morning but as of Thursday its systems remain significantly affected.

The police have been contacted, the University of Sunderland said, while it works to get its computer systems back online. Its website is currently inaccessible and displays a notice that it is undergoing "essential maintenance".

A University of Sunderland spokesperson said in a statement: "The University continues to experience extensive IT disruption issues believed to have been caused by a cyberattack. The University is now working with a number of agencies, including the police, to find out what exactly has happened and the extent of the problems."

It added that the disruption had "all the hallmarks of a cyberattack" but did not share further details.

The university has been forced to cancel online classes but said in-person lectures are still going ahead – a reversal of the position universities were in at the height of the pandemic.

Students at Sunderland and universities across the UK had previously said that paying £9,000 per year in tuition fees for largely online classes was a "waste" of…
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