Education Sector

More lawsuits filed over Knox College ransomware attack

By early December 2022,  Hive ransomware gang had not only claimed responsibility for an attack on Knox College, but when the college hadn’t paid their demand, they contacted students directly. As NBC reported, the emails sought to get students to pressure the college to pay: “We have compromised your collage networks,” the email said,...

In 2023, Resolve to Fix Your Organization’s Meta Pixel Problem

In 2023, Resolve to Fix Your Organization’s Meta Pixel Problem It’s time to be proactive about user privacy. Find out if you’re sending too much data to Facebook—or if you need to send data at all By: Maria Puertas and Simon Fondrie-Teitler We all use the internet to complete increasingly sensitive tasks: book doctor’s...

Morgan Hill Unified School District discloses data breach

Morgan Hill Unified School District in California has disclosed a breach that occurred when an employee’s email account was accessed without authorization between September 11 and October 11, 2022. While the district’s investigation was able to confirm connections to the employee’s account during those dates, the investigation was not able to determine which specific...

Nantucket Public Schools closed following ransomware attack

Irene Rotondo reports: Nantucket Public Schools were closed early on Tuesday, Jan. 31 as an online ransomware attack overtook the entire island’s public school internet system, according to an email sent Tuesday morning from the Nantucket schools’ superintendent obtained by MassLive. Nantucket Superintendent Elizabeth Hallett wrote in the message, “Earlier this morning, we discovered that...

Cybersecurity incident shuts down TUSD internet, network services (updated)

Genesis Lara reports: A  “cybersecurity incident” on Tucson Unified School District’s technology network shut down the district’s internet and network services, the district said Monday. “We are actively working to correct the issue and have notified all the appropriate authorities,” said TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo in a written statement. All TUSD schools will continue...

Bits ‘n Pieces (Trozos y Piezas)

BR: Instituto Federal Do Pará Attack Claimed By BlackCat The Instituto Federal Do Pará (IFPA) is a public education institution in Brazil. On January 21, it was added to the leaks site of the AlphV (BlackCat) group with a message saying, “The guys decided to ignore our ransom demands, so the data of their...

Stratford University discloses ransomware attack — but which ransomware attack?

In September 2022, DataBreaches reported Stratford University had been the target of three ransomware attacks in previous months by REvil, Snatch Team, and Avos Locker.  Snatch Team and Avos Locker had informed DataBreaches that neither had encrypted Stratford’s files; they exfiltrated and attempted to ransom them. Stratford never responded to inquiries from DataBreaches about the...

Baltimore schools cyber attack cost nearly $10M: State IG

ABC News reports: Baltimore County Public Schools failed to act on several state recommendations to help mitigate cyber attacks before a hack disrupted school operations and cost the school system millions of dollars in damages and repairs, according to a report from a state inspector general. BCPS was hacked using a phishing email in November 2020...