British universities have been affected by hundreds of successful cyber-attacks each year, reports the Times.
Most of 1,152 intrusion in the universities of the UK networks had been recorded in 2016-17, he said.
And the thieves were interested in defence technologies and the research of novel fuels and better batteries.
The newspaper used data collected from Freedom of Information requests to assess extent of cyber-attacks against educational institutions. Tempting targets
The requests revealed that Oxford, Warwick and University College London, had suffered a breach that he tried to steal the research data and documents.
The newspaper said that the thieves were stealing on behalf of foreign powers or trying to get the valuable data they could sell to the highest bidder.
The number of recorded attacks were doubled in two years, he added.
“The university a lot of research and development in the UNITED kingdom. Intellectual property requires years of know-how, and it costs a lot,” Carsten Maple, director of information security at the University of Warwick, told the newspaper.
“If someone can get that very quickly, which is good for them.”
Mr Maple said that the digital defenses deployed by UK universities need to be strengthened.
The information received by the Times has revealed that attackers used different techniques to extract data or cash from the UNITED kingdom, institutions of higher education.
Ransomware, phishing, and denial of service attacks, which bombard sites with data, all had been used against the university, which has found.
Some of the organisations to be hit by more than 1,000 attacks a month, he said.
“It is not a surprise that universities are suffering from an increase in security breaches,” said Dr. Anton Grashion, head of security practice at Cylance.
“Their network environments are some of the most difficult networks to manage, usually smaller to personal safety and budget.”
Open networks, many universities ran made them a “attractive and easily accessible,” the goal, he added.