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School’s out as cyberattack forces Albuquerque Public Schools to cancel classes

Olivier Uytterbrouck and Jessica Dyer report: A cyberattack against Albuquerque Public Schools prompted the state’s largest district to cancel all classes districtwide on Thursday and possibly Friday. APS Superintendent Scott Elder said the attack was discovered Wednesday morning “when teachers tried to log onto our student information system and were unable to gain access...

Hacking group accidentally infects itself with Remote Access Trojan horse

Over in the here’s-a-teeny-tiny-violin-for-you department, Graham Cluley writes: Patchwork, an Indian hacking group also known by such bizarre names as Hangover Group, Dropping Elephant, Chinastrats, and Monsoon, has proven the old adage that to err is human, but to really cock things up you need to be a cybercriminal. The hackers, who have become...

South African justice department clueless about hacked data

It’s not exactly the headline you’d want for your agency, but that’s what MyBroadband came up with for this report by Myles Illidge: The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD) has no idea whether any data was stolen during a ransomware attack on its systems in September 2021. “The Department cannot tell with certainty as...

Major Indian fashion retailer hacked and data leaked

Another major Indian firm has fallen prey to a massive cyberattack. This time, the victim is a Fortune India 500 List company: Mumbai-headquartered Aditya Birla Group (ABG). The conglomerate includes Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. (ABFRL) as well as businesses in other sectors. ABFRL, formed after the merger of Madura Fashion & Lifestyle...

Connecticut company that hosts school websites recovering from ransomware attack

Jesse Leavenworth reports: A Glastonbury-based company that hosts thousands of school websites in Connecticut and across the nation continued to recover Monday from a ransomware attack launched last week. “We still have no evidence that any data has been viewed, compromised or extracted,” Finalsite spokeswoman Morgan Delack said. Finalsite has identified the cyber attacker...

Missouri school district’s employee data dumped by ransomware group

It’s a new year, but we are still seeing old problems with the education sector being compromised by ransomware attacks on the k-12 subsector. Over the past weekend, threat actors known as Vice Society dumped data from Carthage R-9 district in Carthage, Missouri. When contacted about the incident, a spokesperson for Vice Society informed...

Maryland health workers, lawmakers want answers as problems persist a month after cyberattack

Steve Thompson reports: State health workers still often can’t use computers, access shared drives and get to important data a month after a cyberattack crippled Maryland’s health department, the head of a union representing agency employees said Friday. They’ve received little information about what’s going on and are preparing for the possibility that their systems could...