28 Jan 2020

OK Computer: To Prevent Students Cheating with AI Text-Generators, We Should Bring Them into the Classroom

Artificial intelligence programs are increasingly improving their writing skills, providing for better quality writing and convincing work on many topics, for virtually no cost. Experts believe that in a few years, AI machines could be turning out quality essays for students. Although the US could attempt to ban the machines,

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17 Dec 2019

China Has Increasing Sway in US Science, JASON Report Says

A new report from the Defense Department’s JASON research group claims that US scientific research is threatened by the presence of Chinese nationals obtaining post-graduate degrees in the US. When these students return to China, they are often pressed to cooperate with intelligence and security services, the report states. The

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01 Nov 2019

How schools can better protect themselves against cyberattacks

A new report by Barracuda Networks indicates that US K-12 schools have suffered a total of 301 cyberattacks so far this year, which is already more than double the total number of attacks reported throughout 2018 (124). Almost one-third (31%) of cyber incidents involved a data breach, while 23% involved

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03 Oct 2019

Ransomware Hits Hundreds of US Schools, Local Governments: Study

In the first nine months of this year, the growing ransomware epidemic has hit at least 621 government, healthcare and educational entities, a new report by Emsisoft shows. The study indicates that the reliance of victims on cyber security insurance is actually boosting the profitability of these campaigns and “incentivizes further

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23 Sep 2019

Ransomware Strikes 49 School Districts & Colleges in 2019

So far this year, 182 US organizations have been at the receiving end of a ransomware attack, new figures released by Armor show. The victims include 70 municipalities, 49 US school districts and colleges, as well as 27 healthcare organizations. According to Chris Hinkley of Armor, organizations in the government,

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12 Sep 2019

Iranian Hackers Hit Over 60 Universities to Get Library Access

Between July and August of this year, Iranian state-backed hacking group Cobalt Dickens (aka Silent Librarian) targeted over 60 universities across four continents as part of a phishing campaign designed to obtain unauthorized access to university libraries. Secureworks tracked the campaign and recently revealed all known domains linked to the threat

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10 Sep 2019

70% of educational orgs don’t have an appropriate cloud security budget

A new report by Netwrix shows that even though one in three educational organizations suffered a cloud breach last year, only 12% increased their security budgets this year. According to IT professionals, 7 in 10 organizations in the education sector have insufficient budgets for securing their cloud environments, and virtually

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15 Aug 2019

Why adware and Trojans plague the education industry

In 2018, the education sector was the number one target in cyber campaigns involving adware and Trojans, and the second-most targeted industry when it comes to ransomware campaigns, a report by Malwarebytes shows. In the first half of 2019, this trend more or less continued, with the top threats for

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22 Jul 2019

Over 60 US Colleges Compromised by ERP Exploit

A major vulnerability in popular enterprise resource planning (ERP) software has enabled threat actors to compromise at least 62 colleges in the United States, the US Department of Education recently warned. A NIST advisory states that the flaw, tracked as CVE-2019-8978, impacts Ellucian Banner ERP and “allows remote attackers to

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18 Jul 2019

Federal and SLED IT managers say AI will be a game changer

A new survey by MeriTalk indicates that 90% of IT managers in Federal, state, local, and higher education (SLED) organizations say that in over the past two years, a shift has taken place toward the adoption of AI technologies. Despite this, only 14% of respondents stated that AI has been

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