More than a dozen schools in the UK have suffered a cyberattack which has led to highly confidential documents being leaked online by cybercriminals. That\u2019s according to a report from the BBC which claimed that children\u2019s SEN information, child passport scans, staff pay scales and contract details have been stolen by notorious cybercrime group Vice Society, known for disproportionately targeting the education sector with ransomware attacks in the UK and other countries.Passport, contract data stolen and posted on dark webPates Grammar School in Gloucestershire is one of 14 to have been impacted by the data breach, the BBC reported, with Vice Society hackers using generic search terms to steal documents. \u201cOne folder marked \u2018passports\u2019 contains passport scans for pupils and parents on school trips going back to 2011, whereas another marked \u2018contract\u2019 contains contractual offers made to staff alongside teaching documents on muscle contractions. Another folder marked \u2018confidential\u2019 contains documents on the headmaster\u2019s pay and student bursary fund recipients,\u201d the BBC wrote. The hack at Pates is estimated to have taken place on September 28 before data was published on the dark web. The UK Information Commissioner\u2019s Office (ICO) and Gloucestershire Police confirmed they were investigating the alleged breaches in 2022.Alongside information from Pates, the BBC claimed to have found confidential documents purporting to be from the following establishments:Carmel College, St HelensDurham Johnston Comprehensive SchoolFrances King School of English, London\/DublinGateway College, Hamilton, LeicesterHoly Family RC + CE College, HeywoodLampton School, Hounslow, LondonMossbourne Federation, LondonPilton Community College, BarnstapleSamuel Ryder Academy, St AlbansSchool of Oriental and African Studies, LondonSt Paul's Catholic College, Sunbury-on-ThamesTest Valley School, StockbridgeThe De Montfort School, EveshamFBI warns of Vice Society ransomware attacks against education sectorIn September 2022, the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) issued an alert on Vice Society targeting the education sector in the US with attacks. \u201cThe FBI, CISA, and the MS-ISAC have recently observed Vice Society actors disproportionately targeting the education sector with ransomware attacks,\u201d it stated. \u201cOver the past several years, the education sector, especially kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) institutions, have been a frequent target of ransomware attacks. Impacts from these attacks have ranged from restricted access to networks and data, delayed exams, canceled school days, and unauthorized access to and theft of personal information regarding students and staff. The FBI, CISA, and the MS-ISAC anticipate attacks may increase as the 2022\/2023 school year begins and criminal ransomware groups perceive opportunities for successful attacks.\u201dSchool districts with limited cybersecurity capabilities and constrained resources are often the most vulnerable, but the opportunistic targeting often seen with cyber criminals can still put school districts with robust cybersecurity programs at risk, the alert added. K-12 institutions may be seen as particularly lucrative targets due to the amount of sensitive student data accessible through school systems or their managed service providers, the alert stated.