Maastricht University is thought to have paid between €200,000 and €300,000 as a ransom to cyber hackers, reports the Volkskrant.
It is thought the university felt forced to make a payment because its back-up system was hijacked with Clop ransomware alongside the main system, the paper claims.
The Volkskrant now claims that the back-up was available on university servers and contained personal details from students and staff from years back. The hackers reportedly also blocked financial information, the e-mail system and intranet access on December 23 2019.
A spokesman for the University told DutchNews.nl that the institute ‘cannot confirm any element of the article in the Volkskrant.’
He said the university has organised a symposium to discuss what happened on February 5 and present the results of the investigation into the cyber attack then. ‘Until that moment we will not comment on speculations in the media,’ he said.
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