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U.S. universities at risk of back-to-school and Covid-19 email fraud

The top 20 universities based in the U.S. are failing to implement proper DMARC protections and policies, opening the door for fraudsters to spoof their email domains and convincingly impersonate them at a time when students are likely expecting to receive a wealth digital communications related to back-to-school instructions, researchers warn. In particular, students and…

UCSF, Conduent are latest to suffer the slings and arrows of ransomware

Academic health research institution the University of California, San Francisco and business process services company Conduent have emerged as two of the latest prominent victims of organized ransomware attacks. UCSF was targeted by the NetWalker (aka MailTo) ransomware group, as evidenced by a post on the cyber gang’s data leak website, while it was the Maze…

Rush to adopt online learning under COVID-19 exposes schools to cyberattacks

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages, the cyber community has rightly focused on protecting the health care industry from malicious hackers but education is at risk, too, as recently homebound students attend school in record numbers via online edtech platforms, e-learning environments and video conferencing. In a public service announcement this month, the FBI’s Internet Crime…

Data breach more than 4X worse than first thought for Montgomery County schools

What at first looked like a single data breach affecting Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland turned out to be a series of breaches that impacted thousands of more students than was originally reported. On Oct. 4, 2019, MCPS disclosed that a district student had one day earlier allegedly executed a brute-force credentials-stealing attack…

Imaginative attack scenarios elicit intrigue at NYU’s CSAW cyber event

Using AI to create artificial fingerprints that can unlock strangers’ phones… abusing electric vehicle charging stations to overwhelm the power grid… exploiting 3D printer technology to execute an all-new form of supply chain attack… These may have once sounded like far-flung ideas, but top cyber minds at New York University have been actively exploring such…

Wakulla County school board elects to negotiate with ransomware hackers

Wakulla County Schools board members on Wednesday reportedly voted unanimously to negotiate with hackers who infected the Florida-based district’s systems with ransomware. The district, located in the Tallahassee metropolitan area, first felt the effects of the attack one earlier this month. Emails, bus routing, and library and food service systems have all been impacted, the…

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