Michigan State hit by ransomware threatening leak of student and financial data

Benjamin Freed reports:

Michigan State University is being targeted by a ransomware attack carried out by a hacker claiming to have stolen files, including students’ personal information, with the threat of publishing them online if a bounty is not paid.

A post appeared Wednesday on a blog affiliated with NetWalker, a relatively newer form of ransomware, containing a screenshot of a Microsoft Windows file directory including folders that appear to belong to individual users on the university’s network. The post threatened “secret data publication” with a countdown clock with about one week remaining. The ransom demanded was not specified.

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