UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) suffers ransomware attack

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The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is dealing with a ransomware incident that encrypted data and impacted two of its services, one offering information to subscribers and the platform for peer review of various parts of the agency.

UKRI is a public body of the Government of the United Kingdom, tasked with investing in science and research. It operates across the country with a budget of more than £6 billion, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Given the funds it works with, the agency is an attractive target for big-game ransomware gangs that target organizations with large pockets to pay for data decryption.

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