A man has been arrested in connection with a cyber attack at Sandown Bay Academy.
Hampshire Constabulary said it is investigating reports of a cyber attack at the school which has affected its computer systems. As a result, the school currently cannot access some of its computer records. Police said a 57-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of committing offences contrary to the Computer Misuse Act 1990. He has been released on bail until Tuesday, 3 January 2017. Mike Barnett, Publicity Consultant for Sandown Bay Academy, said:
“Sandown Bay Academy has experienced a deliberate malicious cyber attack which has encrypted our central server. A criminal investigation is underway led by CID detectives. “In practice this means that some of our computer records are currently inaccessible. We do however have emergency contact information, google mail and google docs as well as registers for all students. For the next few days, students may have to do some old-fashioned textbook learning just like their parents. “At this stage the evidence suggests that this was an isolated cyber attack intended to disrupt the school. “We are unable to discuss any more detail at this stage as this is on ongoing criminal investigation. If anyone has any concerns or information they are advised to call 101 and reference the Sandown Bay cyber attack.”
Anyone with information, or anyone who has any concerns about the incident, is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 44160365065. For advice on computer security visit www.cyberstreetwise.com or www.getsafeonline.org