Austin Peay State University resumes after ransomware cyber attack

Ax Sharma reports:

Austin Peay State University (APSU) confirmed yesterday that it had been a victim of a ransomware attack.

The university, located in Clarksville, Tennessee advised students, staff, and faculty to disconnect their computers and devices from the university network immediately as a precaution.

Read more at BleepingComputer.

Employees have reported as normal today.

Those of us who saw the university’s emergency tweets yesterday had mixed reactions to the use of Twitter to tell students to shut down immediately, as Sharma notes.

Brett Callow of Emsisoft responded to my tweet calling attention to the university’s emergency tweet by adding some statistics:

APSU is 12th US university/college to be impacted by ransomware this year. Data was stolen in at least 10 of the incidents. Additionally, at least 9 US school districts with 234 schools between them have been hit. Last year, 26 universities/colleges and 58 districts with 1,681 schools were hit.

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