Whitworth University may start experiencing more legal costs stemming from a ransomware attack in 2022. Kip Hill reports:
A Whitworth University student is asking a federal judge to approve a class action against the school for damages stemming from a ransomware attack discovered in July 2022 that affected more than 65,500 people.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges Whitworth was negligent in allowing a still-unidentified attacker to access health, financial and personal data of past and present students, staff and faculty. It was filed by Patrick Loyola, identified in court documents as a student at the time of the attack. The university initially reported the incident as a “sophisticated security issue” in August before informing the Washington attorney general’s office in October that a ransomware attack had occurred.
Read more at Spokesman.com
Elsewhere, Little Rock School District revealed some of the costs of its 2022 cyberattack.
The 2022 cyberattack on the 21,000-student Little Rock School District’s data networks cost the capital city system almost $692,000, according to records obtained from the district.
As much as $242,349.37 of that total went toward the purchase of hard-to-trace cryptocurrency — bitcoins — from Digital Mint, which is a self-described “cash-to-cryptocurrency provider.” The cryptocurrency was demanded by the attackers as their price to exit from the district’s operations.
Read more at Arkansas Online.