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Arkansas School District Hit by Ransomware Attack

Valley Springs School District in Arkansas acknowledged its systems were locked out by a recent ransomware attack. The hackers allegedly demanded £7,000, or approximately $8,500 worth, to unlock the school district’s encrypted systems. Superintendent Judy Green notified staff of the ransomware attack that locked the system. Green said the Arkansas school district will not pay … More

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Texas School District Hit by W-2 Phishing Scam

The Argyle Independent School District in Texas is beginning to notify and warn employees of a data breach following a targeted W-2 phishing scam. A cybercriminal sent a phishing email to an employee appearing to be the District Superintendent requesting 2016 W-2 information for all employees in the school district. The targeted employee complied with … More

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Tennessee School District Hit by W-2 Phishing Scam

Tipton County Schools in Tennessee is the latest school district to succumb to a W-2 phishing email scam aiming to steal employee tax return data. Tipton County Director of Schools Dr. William “Buddy” Bibb notified staff that an unauthorized individual obtained employee records, according to reports. A Tipton County employee allegedly fell for a phishing … More

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Gurnick Academy Instructor Hit by Ransomware

An instructor at the nursing school Gurnick Academy based in San Mateo, California was targeted in a ransomware attack. The attackers reportedly targeted a specific instructor’s computer system with malware and encrypted all files on the drive. Val Paschenko, the IT department manager of Gurnick, said the instructor received a ransom demand of 1 Bitcoin, … More

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Manatee County Schools Hit by W-2 Phishing Scam

The data of thousands of Manatee County School employees is at risk after a couple of employees fell for a targeted W-2 phishing scam. A cybercriminal reportedly sent an email impersonating Manatee County Superintendent Diana Greene to the employees. The hacker requested all W-2 tax forms for 7,700 county employees in the phishing email. The … More

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Bloomington School District Hit by W-2 Phishing Scam

Bloomington School District in Minnesota is the latest organization to fall victim to a W-2 phishing scam and expose employee data. Officials with the school district said personal information for approximately 2,800 current and former Bloomington public school employees was exposed in the incident. Bloomington School District notified employees of the cyberattack on Friday, February … More

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University Internet Shut Down by DDoS Attacks

The network of an undisclosed university in the United States was recently disrupted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks caused by targeting Internet of Things (IoT) devices. An official with the university discovered more than 5,000 IoT devices connected to the school’s network were manipulated to continually search for seafood through DNS requests. The same search … More

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Russian Hacker Targets Universities, Government Agencies

Researchers discovered a Russian hacker, who uses the handle Rasputin, has launched cyberattacks against at least 60 organizations, including universities and government agencies. Rasputin is well-known for attacks against the U.S. Electoral Assistance Commission in December 2016. The hacker reportedly stole the commission’s database and put the information up for sale on a Darknet marketplace. … More

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Harvard Computer Society Leaks Member Data

Harvard University’s Computer Society acknowledged it mistakenly leaked more than 1.4 million emails of staff and students for years. The Computer Society’s email lists were available to the public until Monday, February 20, 2017. The data of thousands of undergraduates, College administrators, resident tutors and teaching fellows were left exposed. The emails reportedly contained students’ … More

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