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Hackers Beat ­niversity Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours

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were able to access personal data, finance systems, and research networks.

Ethical hackers took two hours to penetrate U.K. university cyberdefenses.

Ethical hackers conducted simulated cyberattacks on U.K. university defenses, and were able to successfully access "high-value" information within two hours.

The hackers working for Jisc (formerly the Joint Information Systems Committee), the Internet service provider for U.K. universities and research institutions, had a 100% success rate in penetrating cyber-defenses.

One of the most effective strategies was spear-phishing, in which hackers hid malware and other attack tools in emails that appeared to be from trusted senders.

Jisc's John Chapman said based on the hackers' test results, "We are not confident that all U.K. universities are equipped with adequate cybersecurity knowledge, skills, and investment."

The U.K.’s National Cyber Security Center warned of foreign governments interested in targeting universities to steal intellectual property, as well as "great technological advantage."

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