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Freshmen hack high school WiFi to avoid a test

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Two Secaucus, N.J., high school freshmen have been accused of allegedly knocking their school’s WiFi system offline possibly using a malware as a service deal to create the situation. The two 14-year-old boys were arrested last week and charged with computer criminal activity and conspiracy to commit computer criminal activity, according to CBS New York.…

Georgia Tech stung with 1.3 million-person data breach

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Georgia Tech is reporting that it suffered a data breach when a Georgia Institute of Technology web app exposed the information on 1.3 million current and former students, student applicants along with staff members. The incident was discovered in late March, the school stated adding the breach is being investigated by the Georgia Tech cybersecurity…

Cybersecurity partnerships defend threats during NCAA college football playoff championship

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In a first of its kind partnership and event,  cybersecurity students from Norwich University teamed up with Respond Software to monitor cyber attacks during the NCAA College Football Playoff Championship between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide. Together with stadium security, the team analyzed and resolved over 243,000 monitored events and threats during game…

DePaul University group email exposes employees’ info

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A group email recently sent by DePaul University reportedly exposed the names and email addresses of 656 employees who had completed the school’s wellness program. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago-based private university sent congratulatory emails to faculty members last Dec. 14, but neglected to use the “blind copy” feature. Consequently, recipients’ names and…

Expanding attack surfaces and difficulties obtaining the right people worry NCSA panelists

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What keeps cybersecurity and business executives awake at night is the ever-increasing attack surface they must deal with every morning when they wake up. This factoid was revealed in a brief poll conducted during a panel session on cyber warfare at the “Securing Our Critical Infrastructure” conference, a National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and NASDAQ Cybersecurity…

CIO: Strayer U’s cybersecurity investments enable digital innovation for students, faculty

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The higher learning institution Strayer University is giving its students, faculty and employees an education in cybersecurity, with investments in identity and access technology (IAM), risk management assessments, and anti-phishing training. These initiatives have given the university a secure foundation upon which to introduce numerous innovative digital offerings to its student body, according to Sabrina…

DDoS attack on education vendor hinders access to districts’ online portals

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Multiple school districts are reportedly suffering the effects of a denial of service attack perpetrated against Blaine, Minn.-based Infinite Campus, a third-party online services provider. As a result, district residents may be unable to reliably use services such as the “Parent Portal, through which teachers, parents and students can access information such as grades, class…

Students and staff blamed in majority of UK university cyberattacks

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A government-funded agency in the UK suspects students and staff may be behind university cyberattacks rather than cybergangs and foreign powers. The analysis examined the timing of 850 attacks in 2017 and 2018 and noticed a concentration of attacks targeting universities taking place during the school year and within working hours when students and staff…

New GandCrab variant attacks Florida School District

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A GandCrab ransomware attack forced Monroe County School District in Florida to shut down its computer systems for at least three days. This particular ransomware was first spotted in January 2018 being distributed via two distinct exploit kits in a few ongoing campaigns. The version used to attack the school appeared to be a newer…

Black Hat USA 2018: SamSam has yielded $6M for creators

SamSam creators to date have raked in $6 million and the ransomware continues to be a thorn in the sides of organizations in both the public and private sectors. Peter MacKenzie, global malware escalations manager working in Sophos Technical Support, told SC Media during the Black Hat 2018 show in Las Vegas that 74 percent of known…

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