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'Complex Encryption' Attack Hits Essex School

Billericay School battles cyber attack with four years sent home.

An Essex school has closed after being hit by “a significant” cyber attack. 

A notice on the website of the Billericay School said the school was closed for years seven, eight, nine and 12 “due to cyber/malware attack.” 

A statement released on Friday claimed that the school had taken all of the precautionary security measures to deal with any such cyber threat, “this attack has resulted in all of the school IT system being compromised and inaccessible by a complex encryption.”

Headteacher Patrick Berry, said: “Whilst our IT support staff are working hard to resolve the issue and have already made significant progress in restoring the required systems, the situation as it stands is significantly affecting our ability to operate the school safely and effectively.”

Berry acknowledged the “additional strain this will place upon families,” he stressed the importance of the school operating safely and effectively “in wake of this significant critical incident.”



Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

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