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University of Michigan graduate students, residential staff march in solidarity with dining workers | #students | #parents | #parenting | #parenting | #kids

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#infosec | University of Kentucky Defeats Month-Long Cyber-Attack

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The University of Kentucky (UK) has fought off a month-long cyber-attack that impacted UK Healthcare and caused a system-wide slowdown.

According to UK officials, the disruption was caused by cryptocurrency mining malware installed by threat actors on the UK network in February. The malware caused daily interruptions to everyday functions and triggered temporary failures of UK’s computer system.

Disruptions were chiefly felt at UK Healthcare, which operates UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Together, the hospitals serve more than 2 million patients. 

An investigation into the attack has found no evidence to suggest that patient or student data was compromised.  

University spokesperson Jay Blanton said: “Understanding that our review is ongoing, and based on the consultation of outside experts, we have no evidence to date that any personal health information or other sensitive data, such as personal student or employee data, has been downloaded or accessed.”

Eric Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration, said the attack appeared to have originated from outside the United States. He expressed the view that the attack had been carried out in an attempt to hijack the “vast processing capabilities” of the UK network to mine cryptocurrency. 

Following the attack, the university hired an independent computer forensic firm to help improve cybersecurity and installed CrowdStrike security software as a preventative measure against future threats. UK is believed to have spent more than $1.5m on ejecting the malware from its network and improving cybersecurity.

A major 3-hour reboot of the university’s IT systems, carried out without the students’ knowledge yesterday morning, is believed to have finally removed the lingering malware threat. 

In a message sent out to the university’s campus community on Monday morning, Blanton said: “A significant step in this procedure involved a short, planned network outage that took place earlier this morning, which we communicated overnight. Per the advice of our cybersecurity partners, it was necessary to limit the information provided in this initial communication. Now that the network has been restored and more aggressive security measures have been implemented, we can communicate with full transparency without risk of sacrificing the security of our systems.” 

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#school | #ransomware | Dutch University Pays $220K Ransom to Russian Hackers

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans University president says damage from the ransomware attack “can scarcely be conceived.” The University of Maastricht located in the Netherlands experienced a ransomware attack on December 24 and wound up paying the hackers 200,000 euros or $220,000 in bitcoin to unblock its computers, reports Reuters. “The […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | Do You Know How To Protect Yourself Against Phishing Emails? – University Times

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Close Illustration by Lauren Dahncke Illustration by Lauren Dahncke Illustration by Lauren Dahncke National Cybersecurity Awareness month recently came to an end, but phishing emails never seem to.  According to Cal State LA’s Information Technology Security, phishing emails are sent to the recipient with the purpose […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

Hacker Holds #University for #Ransom, #Threatens to Dump #Student Info

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Hacker Holds #University for #Ransom, #Threatens to Dump #Student Info

A hacker is trying to extort a Canadian university, threatening to dump student information unless university top brass pay 30,000 CAD (23,000 USD).

The extortion attempt’s victim is the University of Fraser Valley (UFV), a Canadian university located in the town of Abbotsford, south-east of Vancouver.

Based on the currently available information, a hacker or hacker group breached the university’s network from where it gathered information such as names, email addresses, phone numbers, physical addresses, grades information, some instances, limited financial details, and possibly more.

Hacker circulated personal data of 29 UFV students

The time of the intrusion is unknown, but over the last weekend, the hacker sent an email to UFV students with the personal information of 29 UVF students.

The same email also contained a ransom demand of 30,000 CAD (23,000 USD). The hacker gave UFV officials 48 hours to pay, or he’d release more info.

The University came clean on Monday and admitted the breach in series of four security alerts sent over the course of the week.

“The students directly affected have been contacted and UFV is working with them to take steps to secure their privacy and personal information,” a UFV spokesperson said.

University shuts down email system

On Wednesday, UFV shut down its email system until November 6, in an attempt to prevent the proliferation of other emails containing data of other students.

The hacker’s point of entry and the number of compromised systems are currently unknown. The University is still investigating the breach, together with Abbotsford police.

The deadline has passed, but it’s unclear if the University paid the ransom demand.

In mid-September, a hacker group known as TheDarkOverlord (TDO) tried to extort schools in the US state of Montana. The hacker’s extortion attempts failed, even after he made bomb threats against the school and physical violence against students.

Bleeping Computer reached out to the hacker group through an intermediary and TDO denied it was behind this recent extortion attempt.

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UK university hackers read up on secret military tech

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UK university cyberattacks have doubled in the last two years alone, with hackers found to be focusing on critical information connected to national security. Areas including research pertaining to missiles, scientific developments and medical advances are among the areas that cyber adversaries have shown an acute interest in. This information…

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University of Washington students can hack smart devices, track body movement

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Computer science students at the University of Washington have found a way to remotely hack into people’s personal devices, such as cell phones and smart TV’s, to track individual movement, raising serious security questions, the university announced Wednesday. The hacking method uses CovertBand, a software program the student team created,…

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Online radicalisation and cyber attacks to be among the high tech crimes targeted by new facility at the University of Bradford

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A HIGH tech centre dedicated to cyber security has been opened at the University of Bradford, and one of its first projects it to look at how to deal with online radicalisation. The Cyber Security Interdisciplinary Centre will see students using top technology to research the ever evolving online world…

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Arizona State University student threatens to send suitors’ ‘unsolicited’ pictures to their mothers

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U.S. education officials contact University of Oklahoma over cybersecurity

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The U.S. Department of Education has been in contact with the University of Oklahoma regarding a lapse in security protocol that allowed anyone with a campus-issued email to search for and view sensitive student records. The now corrected cybersecurity error enabled anyone with an @ou.edu email to search for records…

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