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Statement on Website Cyber Attack (04/03/2021)

This morning, our website was attacked and services were unavailable. These have now been restored and you can read more here. We have extended voting times on Friday morning.

Dear Students,

 

This morning at 6:15am (UK Time), our website and forty other UK Students' Unions were victims of a DDOS Cyber Attack. 

 

This morning, we assumed that the website was down due to a high level of traffic but our website provider quickly alerted us to this coordinated attack.

 

We were hopeful that during a period of two hours between 9:30 and 11:30 that the attack had ceased because our website was operational - however, around that time our website was attacked again.

 

We'd like to let you know that your data is safe, and if that changes then we will let you know as soon as possible. These attacks are designed to restrict access to websites, and all your data is stored securely with our provider.

 

Our concern at the moment has been our elections because voting opened at 6 am this morning, and whilst 600 students have already voted - this downtime will have a significant impact on students who are studying in other countries, especially those in significantly different time zones.

Extended Voting Period

We have made the decision then to extend voting for another four hours tomorrow morning on the 5th of March between the hours of 6 am and 10 am (UK Time).

 

It's also important to note that once you have voted, that data is also secure and can not be altered because of these attacks.

 

We are continuing to work with our website provider to ensure that further attacks can be blocked, or that if attacks do occur then downtime is minimal. We have changed our details and invested in premium web hosting to ensure our website is not affected over the next two days.

 

Our advice right now is to continue to check the website throughout the day and to vote as early as you possibly can.

 

Our staff and elections committee will continue to work throughout this time to ensure our access to our elections.

 

The website being down will also impact students who want to access our Advice Service, Events, Clubs & Societies and other website content. If your query is urgent, then you can contact Union.Reception@brunel.ac.uk today. You can also still get tickets for our Native Events on https://brunelstudents.native.fm/

 

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind all students of the rules around these elections.

 

  • There should be no physical campaigning - If you are approached on campus and told to vote for someone, then walk away.

  • You should not feel harassed or pressured to vote for a candidate.

  • You should not be sharing usernames and passwords with anyone who would like to vote on your behalf.

 

If any of the following have occured, then please contact elections@brunel.ac.uk and if you believe your University Login is compromised then you should change your password immediately.

 

Thank you,

 

The Union of Brunel Students