Analysis shows students and staff may be responsible for cyber attacksA cyber security agency has examined the timing of 850 attacks on UK colleges and universities in 2017-18, and discovered a “clear pattern” of attacks happening during the workday and during term times. As soon as the holidays start, attacks dramatically decrease.

According to the BBC, the analysis concludes that there are suspicions that many attacks may be carried out staff or students wanting to cause chaos, with some attacks being traced back to halls of residence.

The 850 attacks on 190 institutions – up from 600 attacks on about 140 institutions the previous year – did not include phishing attempts or ransomware attacks. Rather, the attacks were sustained attempts to disrupt networks – so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. While it’s possible that these could be state-sponsored attempts, the analysis suggests that they may be more local.