Whisky business: Uni of Edinburgh servers Irn-Scru’d by cyber-attack

The University of Edinburgh has gone offline from what appears to be a massive distributed denial-of-service attack on the campus network.

As a result, the Scottish college’s websites and wireless network gateways are down due to a flood of junk traffic during its first week of class.

So far no student or faculty data is believed to have been slurped, and the uni has reported the incident to UK’s National Cyber Crime Bureau.

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The school’s supercomputing centre appears to not have been affected by the attack, at least. The uni’s internet provider, JISC, did not respond to a Reg request for comment on the matter, but did tell the Edi Evening News that it believes the attack is limited to the one university network.

This isn’t the first time Edinburgh U has made headlines for a cyber snafu. Last year, a problem with the uni’s email system ended up causing some students to erroneously be told they wouldn’t be able to graduate on time.

This also wouldn’t be the first time a British uni had its networks crippled by a sustained DDoS attack. In 2015, the University of London saw its online learning portal knocked offline by a prolonged attack.

If Edinburgh doesn’t know the source of the attack yet, they may want to check on the snack bar. Last year, an unnamed University was crippled by a DDoS launched by a malware infection in its own IoT vending machines. ®