Sports company target of ransomware attack

ArbiterSports, which provide software to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the US, were recently targeted by hackers. Cyber criminals demanded a ransom and threatened to steal the data of around 540,000 referees, league officials and school representatives. This included their usernames, passwords, email addresses and social security numbers.

The hackers gained a copy of ArbiterSports’ backup files and the sports firm had to pay a ransom to keep hold of their members’ data.

Explore our resources for large organisations such as sports associations at: https://www.nebrcentre.co.uk/large-organisation

This ransomware attack is a clear reminder of the importance of securely backing up. One precaution you can take is to make sure you have an offline copy of your most important files. The NCSC also recommends installing patches to bolster any vulnerabilities. You can read their guidance on backing up to prevent damage from ransomware on their website at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/mitigating-malware-and-ransomware-attacks#stepsifinfected

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