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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17 Jun 2019

Three US Universities Disclose Data Breaches Over Two-Day Span

A recent string of data breaches impacting three US universities serves as a reminder that universities are major targets for cybercrime. Graceland University discovered that an “unauthorized user gained access to the email accounts of current employees,” and was thereby able to obtain the personal information of anyone who had

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08 Apr 2019

Hackers beat university cyber-defences in two hours

New research shows that even though educational institutions are highly popular targets for cybercriminals and state-backed hackers alike, universities have very poor security in place. In a recent simulation, penetration testers with Jisc managed to get their hands on “high-value” data belonging to all of the over 50 UK universities

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28 Feb 2019

A Senate Report Has Slammed the Chinese Learning Centers Operating at Over 100 U.S. Universities

A new report by the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs portrays Chinese learning centers at over 100 US universities as elements in China’s global propaganda apparatus. The report states that the learning centers, all of which belong to the Confucius Institute, intend to “change the impression

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