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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…

Researchers: Iranian phishing campaign targets universities with fake library emails

The Mabna Institute, an Iranian firm whose members were indicted last year for cyberattacks against U.S. universities and other organizations, appears to have launched a new global phishing operation targeting the education sector last July and August. This past’s summer campaign follows the same basic m.o. as previous attacks that the same threat group has…

The Rockford files: Ransomware disrupts Illinois school district’s systems

Rockford Public Schools District 250 in Rockford, Ill., last week was struck by a ransomware attack that has disrupted the operations of its electronic and digital systems. In an update via Twitter yesterday, the district reported that the Sept. 6 infection affected its website, internet connectivity, IT systems, phone lines, student information systems (which track…

U.S. indicts three over alleged phishing campaign targeting universities, businesses

The Department of Justice has indicted two Americans and a Nigerian on multiple charges for their alleged roles in a phishing scheme that targeted college employees, banks and other businesses from May 2013 through June 2014. Filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Mexico, the indictment identifies the defendants as Nigerian citizen Otuokere…

The company you keep

A new take on the old adage “you’re known by the company you keep,” might aptly apply to women in security who’ve found success, progress and opportunities in organizations that know their value. Take Emily Mossburg, who has been forging a path in cybersecurity for more than 20 years where she’s now a principal at…

Congratulations, cyber graduates!

This season millions of students will graduate from a college or university with a degree in their chosen field. This is a great milestone, and each and every one of them is to be congratulated for the fortitude and focus it took to earn their degrees. So, we congratulate the cyber graduates in finance and…

UChicago Medicine secures database after publicly exposing info on donors and patients

The University of Chicago Medicine scrambled to secure a database containing information on patients as well as existing and potential financial donors, after a researcher discovered that a misconfiguration left nearly 1.68 million records exposed to the public. Bob Diachenko, cyber threat intelligence director at Security Discovery, said in a June 3 company report that…

Using fitness tracking tech to fight cyberattacks

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Bath and Goldsmiths, the University of London are looking into the impact a fitness tracker-type device could have to make people aware of cybersecurity dangers. The logic the researchers are following is that if a wearable fitness tracker can remind a person through a buzz or vibration that it’s…

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