Computer virus hits Borders College

Scottish Borders Campus and Borders College Heriot-Watt University.

Scottish Borders Campus and Borders College Heriot-Watt University.

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The computer system at Borders College was hit by a ransomware virus last week, which meant enrolment of new students had to be completed manually.

Claire Nairn, head of student services, said: “Over the past few days, the college experienced some ICT difficulties as a result of a virus which affected a number of stored files in some of our staff working directories. Working with our anti-virus software provider, the college’s ICT staff have been able to isolate and remove the virus and restore files.

“It is important to note that the virus did not affect the data in the college’s management information systems and no student details or files were compromised.”