Education

School to Pay Ransom After Holding Out for Three Months

27 August - 3 September 2019

A school district in Connecticut, US, is preparing to pay an undisclosed ransom amount
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A school district in Connecticut, US, is preparing to pay an undisclosed ransom amount after failing to decrypt ransomware-affected files for the past three months. The ransomware attack took place in June and encrypted critical databases in all five schools in the district. The ransomware variant is believed to be Ryuk, the same strain that locked down computer systems at 23 Texan municipalities in August. In recent months, there is an increase in the number of ransomware attacks targeting local governments and education institutions in the US as they are now perceived as soft targets that are easy to compromise.

 

References:

Ransomware Attack Locks Out School District for 3 Months

The “New” Easy Target:  State and Local Governments, Education

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