A WARNING has gone out to parents after a school in Bracknell suffered a 'sophisticated' cyber attack on its IT systems.

Meadow Vale Primary School said on Wednesday, May 13 criminals hacked into the school's system which contained personal and sensitive data.

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The school has reassured parents that they are taking steps to reduce the risk of any further cyber-attacks and data breaches.

Bracknell Forest Council has sent a response on behalf of Meadow Vale Primary School.

A spokesperson said: "On Wednesday, 13 May there was a sophisticated cyber attack on the IT systems at Meadow Vale Primary School. As soon as staff discovered an attack had taken place they took swift, relevant and appropriate action.

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“Unfortunately, despite immediate action, the cyber attack included hacking in to the school’s systems, which contain personal and sensitive data. We take our data responsibility extremely seriously so notified the ICO of the data breach and let all affected parties know – including staff and parents."

The school has notified The National Cyber Crimes Unit who work closely with UK police, regional organised crime units, and partners in international law enforcement such as Europol, the FBI and the US Secret Service to share intelligence and coordinate action.

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The school added: "The school's IT systems are now back up and running and the education of our pupils is continuing with actions being taken to ensure that the impact on the school is kept to a minimum. We have taken steps to reduce the risk of any further cyber-attacks and consequent data breaches, and we are being transparent in all our communications.”

Contact dpo@meadowvaleprimary.com if you have any concerns.