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Unauthorized Access to Data Reported at Public University in Islamabad

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The Institute of Space Technology in Islamabad recently fell victim to a hacking group known as Medusa. The hackers gained access to the university’s information, which included sensitive data such as passports, payslips, analysis details, and other confidential materials. Medusa demanded a ransom of $500,000 in exchange for the stolen data.

Despite numerous attempts to extort money from the university, Medusa proceeded to publicly release all the stolen data on a Telegram channel after not receiving the requested ransom. The Institute of Space Technology has refrained from making any public statements regarding the cyber attack and has been notably silent on the matter. The university’s website is currently experiencing technical difficulties due to the breach.

Following the data leak on the Telegram channel, Medusa updated their blog to announce the dissemination of the stolen information. Reports indicate that the compromised data has been divided into smaller downloadable files, each approximately 3.89 GB in size.

It remains uncertain whether Medusa has disclosed all the information or if they are still retaining portions of the data to leverage further ransom demands. The Institute of Space Technology has yet to issue any official communication or address inquiries related to the cyber attack, maintaining silence towards both Medusa and the media.

Image Source: Sergey Nivens / Shutterstock

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