alphv attacks GEMS Education

Incident Date:

February 25, 2022

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alphv attacks GEMS Education


GEMS Education




Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

First Reported

February 25, 2022

GEMS Education Suffers Ransomware Attack by Alphv Group

GEMS Education, a prominent international education provider with operations in the UAE, Qatar, and Egypt, has been targeted by the ransomware group Alphv. The attack was disclosed through a leak on the group's dark web site, which showcased the victim's website.

GEMS Education manages a network of schools across various locations and curricula, providing diverse educational opportunities for students. The organization's extensive size and international presence render it an attractive target for cybercriminals. Despite the cybersecurity incident, GEMS Education has announced that all their schools continue to operate normally.

The Alphv ransomware group, notorious for its aggressive extortion tactics, frequently targets high-profile entities and demands substantial ransoms. Active since 2019, the group has been implicated in numerous significant cyberattacks, including those against the NHS Moorfields Hospital in Dubai and a Dubai-based contracting firm.

The ransomware attack on GEMS Education underscores the critical need for enhanced cybersecurity defenses within the education sector. Although the company has taken steps to counteract the threat, this incident serves as a stark reminder of the pervasive risk of cyberattacks facing organizations today.


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