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#comptia | #ransomware | Baton Rouge college’s computer system attacked | State Politics

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With a week to go before final exams, ITI Technical College, a private Baton Rouge vocational college, is going back to paper, at least partially until its computer system is fully restored after being the latest Louisiana institution victimized by ransomware.

ITI Vice President Mark Worthy said Tuesday the college’s computer personnel were working to get all the servers in the system back up and are making progress. But in the meantime, since many on staff began before automation, they’re starting to go through the documents that backup the databases to ensure that grades are recorded and financial aid gets to the right people.

“Full functionality? Not sure when because of the complexity,” Worthy said. Some of the critical systems are coming back online. Classes for the 605 students are continuing. Communications, however, have been crippled, so administrators are visiting classrooms to convey information.

What’s taking time is that the technicians are reconnecting each server for computers used by students and administrators on the six-acre campus only after checking to ensure the code is clean.

Monday’s ransomware attack, which crippled about 10% of the state’s computer network servers just hours after votes were tallied in statewide …

Technicians traced the ransomware attack back to the Czech Republic. The attackers replicated an employee’s contact list and sent out emails to faculty and staff that looked like the real thing. The messages asked the reader to click on an expected report, which one of the employees did on Monday, Jan. 27. In the dark hours of the following Wednesday morning, the school’s IT administrator was checking the network, as she usually does, and found suspicious activity. She disconnected all the servers from the internet, then started looking for the impacted systems, Worthy said.

But the ransomware was able to encrypt some of the databases and keep the school from accessing their files. Eventually, the techs found a message to contact the attackers for instructions on how and how much to pay to regain access to the databases. “We won’t pay and we won’t contact these criminals,” he said.

Initially, Worthy offered to hire specialists to work on the problem. But his IT staff argued that they would be more familiar with the architecture of the system. Besides, the school teaches information technology and has faculty and staff able to handle the problem.

Unlike, the City of New Orleans or state government, both of which were hit by ransomware attackers, ITI is a privately owned college. State government’s teams and experts are not available to the school.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to discuss cybersecurity Wednesday in a speech before the Louisiana Municipal Association, whose members include several localities hit with crippling cyber-attacks.

“We’re running this rodeo on our own,” Worthy said. “Fortunately, we teach IT, so we have a lot of really, really sharp people already on staff.”

Worthy said ITI would be contacting police and the FBI after the system is back up and the incriminating evidence is collected.

Similar ransomware attacks have previously crippled Louisiana state agencies, city governments, and school systems.

When the first signs of a massive cyberattack became apparent in the Tangipahoa Parish School System’s computers, administrators thought it wa…

Two days before commencement ceremonies, Baton Rouge Community College leaders learned that its computers were cyberattacked by ransomware.

In November roughly 1,500 of the state’s 30,000 computers were infected by cyber attackers. The hackers blocked access to the state’s data until a ransom was paid. The state refused to pay but had to shut down systems that disrupted state services, such as slowing delivery of food stamps, as well as closing the Office of Motor Vehicles for several weeks.

In December, the City of New Orleans shut down its computer systems while technicians cleaned the ransomware out of code and reloaded the information onto city computers.

State officials plan to re-open eight of its main Office of Motor Vehicles locations Monday, a week after a cyberattack crippled Louisiana sta…

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Teenage hackers wreaked havoc on Gateshead College’s computer systems

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A pair of teenage hackers managed to mangle their college’s computer systems, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage in the process. Computer geeks Lee Bishop and Connor Graham pleaded guilty to the offences at Newcastle Crown Court sitting at Moot Hall. The hack dates back to May 22, 2014…

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Xavier College’s past revealed following online bullying scandal

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Xavier College’s past revealed following online bullying scandal

It sounds like the worst school on the worst corner of the worst suburb, and yet you pay about $25,000 a year to go there. Xavier College is a prestigious Catholic boys school in Kew in Melbourne with an esteemed alumni — Labor Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, AFL Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson, world champion marathon runner Robert de Castella and Formula One world championship winner Alan Jones. Even Barry Humphries’ character Sir Les Patterson claims he was a student. The school says it aims to produce “reflective, compassionate and articulate men” who will provide “outstanding service and leadership in our world”. But it is often plagued with scandal, and online bullying is the latest transgression to rock the senior boys campus. Its students this week came under fire for taunting public school students on Facebook ahead of the VCE English exam, calling them “povos”. One said he felt glad he went to a private school ­instead of a “poverty-stricken s–thole in Pakenham”. But Pakenham year 10 student Liam Bottriel was quick to put the elitist bullies of Xavier College in their place. “It says more about how they’ve been brought up, than anything. It’s really sad,” he said. Source: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/xavier-colleges-past-revealed-following-online-bullying-scandal/story-fnq2o7dd-1227588458896

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Colleges Should Offer Courses in Cyber Security: Ankit Fadia

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The level of awareness in India about hacking is very low and more colleges need to offer courses in cyber security, Ankit Fadia, one of the brand ambassadors for prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ programme, has said. Fadia, who calls himself an ethical hacker,  was in the city on Thursday to release his latest book series, ‘Stretch Your Technology’. Addressing the gathering, he said, “The awareness level in India about hacking is very low. Although there is a huge demand for cyber security professionals in the corporate world, very few colleges offer courses in hacking. The government should introduce courses in cyber security at least in government colleges. “The digital revolution has taken India by storm. It could lead to democratisation of power through the availability of information. However, very few people know how to unleash the full potential of their smartphones. My main goal with these three books is to change this scenario. Source: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Colleges-Should-Offer-Courses-in-Cyber-Security-Ankit-Fadia/2015/10/09/article3070560.ece1

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Bill To Enforce Student Privacy In Colleges

Members of Oregon’s congressional delegation released a draft a bill Thursday, aimed at protecting the privacy of students when they are involved in a legal dispute with a college.

Earlier this year, a student at the University of Oregon filed a lawsuit against the school for mishandling her rape case.

The school found three basketball players responsible and kicked them out. But nobody was ever found guilty of any crime.

What particularly upset people was that in preparing to defend itself, the university got the student’s health records from the university health clinic and sent them to its attorneys.

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QB’S ROLE IN STEUBENVILLE RAPE HANGS OVER COLLEGE’S NEW TEAM

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A small community college in Ohio is banking on its newly created football team to boost school spirit and enrollment. In turn, its starting quarterback — a former high school player convicted in a notorious rape case — is banking on this school that took him when others wouldn’t.

But though the team is rolling over opponents thanks in large part to its star quarterback, not everyone on campus is impressed. In tiny Nelsonville, criticism over the creation of the team and allowing Trent Mays to play on it has hung a shadow over the team’s early success.

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High degree of crime at universities: London colleges top league table of offences in or around campuses

Three of the country’s leading universities have been placed at the top of a league table of crime hotspots.

The Complete University Guide used official police figures to measure rates of violent and sexual offences, burglaries and robberies within three miles of campuses across England and Wales.

King’s College London, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and University College London (UCL) had the highest rates of crime in their areas, according to the report.

Researchers found 47.65 crime incidents were reported per 1,000 residents around King’s College London – rated 16th in the world university rankings last year- between May 2014 and April 2015.

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Colleges Can Avoid Looking Rapey By Just Lying About Rape Numbers

When you go to college, you bring with you all of your hopes and dreams. Like the hope that you will enjoy challenging classes and the dream that you will meet interesting people. Also the hope that you will not be at high risk of sexual assault after you find out that your college has been lying to you about the number of sexual assaults on campus! Read More….

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Technology changing the way colleges handle sexual violence

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AMARILLO, TEXAS — Sexual violence is a hot topic on college campuses. However, according to the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, 82 percent of victims do no report this type of crime to law enforcement. Nearby West Texas A&M says they expect their averages to be below the national averages because of their student body size. However, when looking at data from recent years, the PD at WTAMU feels sexual violence crimes are under reported. Yet, technology could change this. A newly created app can now be accessed throughout campuses in the state of Texas, giving students resources at their fingertips. It’s called Texas Safety U. “We are technology driven society right now. That is probably the first step for anyone, especially the college age they are going to access those types of services and information by technology initially,” said Family Support Services, Angie Stovall. source: http://www.connectamarillo.com/news/story.aspx?id=1159194

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