Lincoln College was already struggling. Then came ransomware.

Emily Bamforth reported this on April 21 on EdScoop. Somehow I missed it, but it’s so important that I am adding it now:

As Illinois’ Lincoln College approached its two-week winter hiatus last December, workers walked in one weekend to find printers spewing threatening notes saying the school’s data was locked up and could only be restored with a financial payment.

It was the start of a situation familiar to anyone who’s observed the onslaught of ransomware against the education industry over the past half-decade. But for Lincoln College, it was also a blow that came when the 630-student school was already reeling financially and on the brink of collapse.

The predominantly Black college is now set to close May 13, ending 157 years of operations.

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