An extortion cybergang has put data supposedly belonging to the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) up for auction, reports the BBC.

We previously reported the university had experienced a "cyber incident" last month that affected many of its digital systems.

BBC News has now reported that ransomware gang Rhysida is demanding 20 bitcoin, which is equivalent to £450,000, for confidential data allegedly stolen from UWS.

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It is believed to include personal data belonging to staff, such as bank details and national insurance numbers, as well as internal university documents.

A spokesperson for UWS said the university had been "the victim of a cyber crime".

They told The Gazette: "All appropriate steps continue to be taken to manage the situation. The incident remains an ongoing criminal investigation and we continue to work closely with the relevant authorities, such as Police Scotland, the National Cyber Security Centre and the Scottish Government, who are providing support and advice. We have also reported the incident to the Information Commissioner.

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"Working alongside these agencies, we are following a controlled process to work towards a resolution. We have been briefing colleagues and students since the start of this incident and have advised colleagues that some staff data has been accessed. Staff continue to be contacted directly and provided with information and support.

"Our priority remains to ensure our University community and partners continue to be informed and supported at all times, while we work with law enforcement agencies as part of the ongoing criminal investigation."

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: "An investigation is under way following a report of a cyber incident in Paisley.

"The matter was reported to police on July 3, 2023 and enquiries are ongoing."