Education Sector

Syracuse schools’ hit by ransomware; ransom demands increase as days go by

Julie McMahon reports: Ransomware caused the Syracuse City School District’s week-long computer outage, a source said. The district’s internet has had systemwide outages since an “event” early Monday morning, officials said. Officials released little information about the investigation and cause of the computer outages. In a statement Friday afternoon, a spokesman said an “attack...

Hackers target Monroe College with ransomware, demand $2 million in bitcoin

Stephanie Pagones reports: Monroe College is “under cyberattack” by hackers who demanded approximately $2 million in bitcoin, police and school officials said Thursday. The school’s computer programs were hacked around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday by a group that got in through ransomware and halted the system, cops said. The hackers sent a message demanding that...

CA: KHSU Hit by Cyber Attack

A university radio station has gone silent after being hit with a ransomware attack. Thaddeus Greenson reports: The dead air you’ve been hearing on KHSU is the result of a ransomeware attack that disabled most of the station’s programming systems and storage servers, according to Humboldt State University. A university spokesperson tells the Journal...

High school student charged with computer hack to change attendance records: police

Ron Zeitlinger reports: A 17-year-old student at Ferris High School in Jersey City has been charged with computer-related offenses after school district officials found that a number of students’ attendance records had been altered. The Jersey Journal reported last week that at least one Ferris High School student gained access to the system and...