lockbit2 attacks Mercy Hurst University

Incident Date:

May 18, 2022

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lockbit2 attacks Mercy Hurst University


Mercy Hurst University




Erie, USA

Pennysylvania, USA

First Reported

May 18, 2022

Mercyhurst University Suffers Ransomware Attack by Lockbit2

Mercyhurst University, a distinguished private Roman Catholic institution based in Erie, Pennsylvania, recently fell victim to a ransomware attack orchestrated by the notorious group Lockbit2. The university's president, Dr. Kathleen Getz, disclosed the incident in a communication dated May 18, 2022. The cybercriminal group announced their successful infiltration of the university's systems on May 17, 2022, and subsequently publicized the attack on their dark web leak site.

Established in 1926, Mercyhurst University has been committed to providing a comprehensive educational experience, offering a variety of academic programs including 4-year bachelor's, 2-year associate, and 1-year certificate programs. With an enrollment of approximately 2,800 students and a staff of over 668 employees, the university generates around $148 million in annual revenue. It boasts a diverse range of academic disciplines, with more than 100 majors and programs available to its student body.

The ransomware attack underscores the persistent vulnerabilities faced by educational institutions in the realm of cybersecurity. Despite concerted efforts to safeguard its data, Mercyhurst University experienced unauthorized access to its computer network, leading to the compromise of sensitive information pertaining to both students and faculty members. This incident highlights the potential financial and reputational repercussions that can ensue when institutions become targets of ransomware campaigns.

Lockbit2, the group behind this attack, is notorious for its aggressive approach, frequently targeting entities across various sectors, including education. Their modus operandi involves threatening to release stolen data unless a ransom is paid. This attack on Mercyhurst University serves as a stark reminder of the critical need for robust cybersecurity defenses and the importance of maintaining vigilance against such cyber threats.


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