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#school | #ransomware | Michigan District school faces a ransomware attack; hackers demand $10,000 in BTC.

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

According to a local news report, the Richard Community school in Michigan was hacked over the winter holidays, and the hacker encrypted the school’s sever using ransomware attack. The hackers have demanded $10,000 in bitcoin to restore the server. The School’s IT department revealed that the hack had occurred on December 27.

 

School refuses to pay ransom to hackers.

The Michigan district school’s IT department immediately shut down the server after discovering the hack and made sure the back serves had not been compromised. The school informed the Michigan police and are trying to track down the hacker. The hack had affected the school district’s telephones, copiers, classroom technology, and even the heating system, but no student’s or staff’s personal information was compromised, according to the school. The server is expected to be back up and running before school resumes next week.

 

Increase in ransomware attacks around the world.

The ransomware attack on the Michigan district school was not an isolated incident. There have been several ransomware attack reports from around the world. The most common targets for these hackers are schools, hospitals, and local businesses. Last year three schools alone in New York faced the similar attacks. In November 2019, the Mexican state-owned petroleum company Pemex also suffered a ransomware attack where hackers had demanded $5 million in BTC to decrypt the server.

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#school | #ransomware | District Cyber Attack: Livingston Superintendent, LHS Principal Provide Updates

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two weeks after Livingston Public Schools (LPS) announced that its system was compromised, the district is still without its servers and continues its investigation and district-wide response to the encrypting of the technology systems. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there have only been seven […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#school | #ransomware | New Jersey school district to delay opening due to ransomware attack – Shore News Network

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An entire school district in New Jersey announced it will have delayed openings on Monday due to a ransomware attack.

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#school | #ransomware | Livingston School District in New Jersey Hit With Ransomware

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Students at the Livingston public school district in New Jersey are undoubtedly happy for a two hour delayed opening tomorrow. Unfortunately, this delay is not being caused by snow, but rather by a ransomware attack that the district is still recovering from. According to an email […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#school | #ransomware | Las Cruces, N.M., School District to Scrub 30,000 Computers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans (TNS) — Las Cruces, N.M., Public Schools Interim Superintendent Karen Trujillo presented some updates Thursday on the recent cyber attack that targeted the school district, prompting a shutdown of Internet servers and devices across the district. At a Thursday afternoon news conference in the district’s administration […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

District attorney’s office hires K-9 duo to help child abuse victims

The district attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services announced two unusual hires Monday to help support victims of child abuse and sexual assault.

New K-9 employees Skippy and Bert can be spotted walking around the downtown Hall of Justice with their handlers, Martha Carbajal and Ashley Meyers.

Skippy is a yellow Labrador retriever and Bert is a golden retriever and yellow lab mix.

Both are dubbed “facility dogs.” Unlike other K-9 teams trained to sniff out drugs, explosives and other dangers, facility dogs learn dozens of cues to help them work with victims of crime.

Scientific research shows that caressing an animal produces short-term decreases in blood pressure and heart rate and can also make people feel less lonely.

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15-Year-Old Arrested After Shooting Inside Boston School District Headquarters

ROXBURY (CBS) — A 15-year-old boy was arrested Wednesday morning after police say he fired a gun during a struggle in the lobby of the Boston School District headquarters building in Dudley Square.

Boston Police said the shooting took place around 9:20 a.m. at the Washington Street building, where students sign up for classes.

Buffalo Teachers Push for Carl Paladino’s Removal From City’s School Board – District Dossier – Education Week

Buffalo school board member Carl Paladino has been under fire since late December for derogatory comments he made about President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. He has refused to resign despite mounting pressure for his ouster.

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Yonkers, N.Y., District Commits to More Inclusion of Students with Disabilities – On Special Education – Education Week

The U.S. Department of Education’s office for civil rights said that some students were placed in self-contained special education settings without an individualized justification for doing so.

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Cleveland District CEO Named Urban Educator of the Year – District Dossier – Education Week

Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland district since 2011, was chosen Thursday as the Urban Educator of the Year at the Council of the Great City Schools annual conference in Miami.

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