Education Sector

Jamesville-DeWitt High School student email list breached; explicit messages sent

Elizabeth Doran reports: DeWitt, N.Y. — The Jamesville-DeWitt High School email listserv was breached, and three “explicit” messages were sent to students, according to a notification the district sent to families. The messages were each one line, and contained vulgar language directed at school administrators, according to copies obtained by syracuse.com | The Post-Standard. They were...

FBI warns K12 schools of ransomware attacks via RDP

Catalin Cimpanu reports: The US Federal Bureau of Investigation sent out on Tuesday a security alert to K12 schools about the increase in ransomware attacks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and especially about ransomware gangs that abuse RDP connections to break into school systems. The alert, called a Private Industry Notification, or PIN, tells...

Data breach at Mid-Michigan College endangers personal data of up to 16,000

Eric Baerren reports: A hacker penetrated Mid-Michigan College’s email system, compromising the accounts of 10 employees and compromising personal data of potentially up to 16,000 people. The data breach was announced in correspondence sent by MMC president Christine Hammond to the college community earlier this week, and in a public notice on Thursday. Read...

UCSF updates progress recovering from ransomware attack

On June 4, I noted that NetWalker ransomware operators had reportedly added the University of California at San Francisco to their website where they name victims who have not paid their ransom demands. When I checked back today, I do not see UCSF still listed on NetWalker’s site, which is curious. But I also...

PH: Cebu Normal University suspends subdomain after anonymous website hack

John Tan Sitchon reports: Subdomains of the Cebu Normal University (CNU) website, particularly the Library and Journal for Higher Education (JHE), were hacked by unknown entities on Wednesday, June 17. CNU released a statement about the incident through its Facebook page on Friday, June 19, causing students to worry about their personal data. Read more on...