Education and Academia


  • North Korean hackers stole research data in two-month-long breach

    February 2, 2023

    A new cyber espionage campaign dubbed ‘No Pineapple!’ has been attributed to the North Korean Lazarus hacking group, allowing the threat actors to stealthily steal 100GB of data from the victim without causing any destruction. The campaign lasted between August and November 2022, targeting organizations in medical research, healthcare, chemical engineering, energy, defense, and a leading ...

  • University of Iowa Hospitals website possibly hit by cyberattack

    February 1, 2023

    A Russian hacking group has claimed to have taken down the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics website, along with the websites of dozens of other hospitals nationwide. UIHC has acknowledged its website is down Tuesday afternoon and its IT staff is investigating the cause but could not confirm whether it was the result of a ...

  • University of Michigan Health says cyber attack impacted public websites, not patient info

    January 30, 2023

    Michigan Health officials say its public websites experienced issues due to a cyber attack but claims the issue did not impact patient information. In a statement on Monday, officials say the attack affected a “third-party vendor we use to host some of our sites.” Read more… Source: CBS Detroit News  

  • LAUSD says Vice Society ransomware gang stole contractors’ SSNs

    January 20, 2023

    Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the United States, says the Vice Society ransomware gang has stolen files containing contractors’ personal information, including Social Security Numbers (SSNs). LAUSD also revealed that the threat actors were active in its network for over two months, between July 31, 2022, and September 3, 2022. Read ...

  • Russian troll farms didn’t sway voters in 2016 election

    January 9, 2023

    A new in-depth study has concluded that the Russian government’s efforts to deploy troll farms on Twitter to sway the 2016 election did not have any measurable impact on the outcome of that race. The U.S. government has been largely united in its assessment that the Kremlin attempted to use online proxies and false internet personas ...

  • Iowa’s largest city cancels classes due to cyber attack

    January 9, 2023

    Iowa’s largest school district cancelled classes for Tuesday after determining there was a cyber attack on its technology network. Des Moines Public Schools announced Monday that classes would be cancelled for its 33,000 students after being “alerted to a cyber security incident on its technology network.” The district said in a news release that it took its ...

  • What Can Schools Do Against the Onslaught of Ransomware?

    December 22, 2022

    Cyber attacks have become a pressing issue for K-12 schools, but school districts aren’t waging the fight alone. A variety of free federal and state resources can offer guidance and assistance, while cyber best practices and automated and managed services can help schools get the most impact from their limited budgets, said speakers during a ...

  • Air-gapped PCs vulnerable to data theft via power supply radiation

    December 10, 2022

    A new attack method named COVID-bit uses electromagnetic waves to transmit data from air-gapped systems, which are isolated from the internet, over a distance of at least two meters (6.5 ft), where it’s captured by a receiver. The information emanating from the isolated device could be picked up by a nearby smartphone or laptop, even if ...

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences restores e-Hospital data after cyber attack

    November 30, 2022

    The server at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi has been down for the eighth day in a row, and according to reports, more analysts from Delhi are under consideration for suspension for cybersecurity violations after two of them were already suspended. According to the sources quoted by the report, “The sanitising ...

  • Vice Society ransomware claims attack on Cincinnati State college

    November 25, 2022

    The Vice Society ransomware operation has claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, with the threat actors now leaking data allegedly stolen during the attack. The hackers posted a long list of documents on their Tor data leak site they claim was stolen from the college, indicating that a ransom was ...

  • Earth Preta Spear-Phishing Governments Worldwide

    November 17, 2022

    Trend Micro researchers have been monitoring a wave of spear-phishing attacks targeting the government, academic, foundations, and research sectors around the world. Based on the lure documents researchers observed in the wild, this is a large-scale cyberespionage campaign that began around March. After months of tracking, the seemingly wide outbreak of targeted attacks includes but ...

  • Cyber vulnerability in networks used by spacecraft, aircraft and energy generation systems

    November 15, 2022

    A major vulnerability in a networking technology widely used in critical infrastructures such as spacecraft, aircraft, energy generation systems and industrial control systems was exposed by researchers at the University of Michigan and NASA. It goes after a network protocol and hardware system called time-triggered ethernet, or TTE, which greatly reduces costs in high-risk settings by ...

  • How Ransomware Is Causing Chaos in American Schools

    October 3, 2022

    May 19, 2021 was supposed to be just another day at the end of the school year at Sierra College, a community college in Rocklin, California. Instead, hackers hit the school with ransomware, throwing it into chaos. “We are experiencing a major cybersecurity event this morning that is impacting the majority of services at Sierra College,” ...

  • Ransomware gang leaks data stolen from LAUSD school system

    October 3, 2022

    Thousands of files apparently stolen last month in a ransomware attack on the Los Angeles Unified School District were released on the dark web over the weekend. The threat has been a major concern for the nation’s second-largest school district since Labor Day Weekend, when a cyber intrusion forced school district officials to take the extraordinary ...

  • New hacking group ‘Metador’ lurking in ISP networks for months

    September 25, 2022

    A previously unknown threat actor that researchers have named ‘Metador’ has been breaching telecommunications, internet services providers (ISPs), and universities for about two years. Metador targets organizations in the Middle East and Africa and their purpose appears to be long-term persistence for espionage. The group uses two Windows-based malware that have been described as “extremely complex” ...

  • Boffins build microphone safety kit to detect eavesdroppers

    September 12, 2022

    Scientists from the National University of Singapore and Yonsei University in the Republic of Korea have developed a device for verifying whether your laptop microphone is secretly recording your conversations. The researchers – Soundarya Ramesh, Ghozali Suhariyanto Hadi, Sihun Yang, Mun Choon Chan, and Jun Han – call the device TickTock. That may suit a lab ...

  • China strongly condemns US cyber attacks on China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University

    September 6, 2022

    China strongly condemns the cyber attacks launched by the United States on China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University, and urges the U.S. side to offer an explanation and immediately stop its unlawful moves, Foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Monday. It was reported that China’s National Computer Virus Emergency Response Center (CVERC) and cybersecurity company 360 on Monday ...

  • #StopRansomware: Vice Society

    September 6, 2022

    This joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) is part of an ongoing #StopRansomware effort to publish advisories for network defenders that detail various ransomware variants and ransomware threat actors. These #StopRansomware advisories include recently and historically observed tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and indicators of compromise (IOCs) to help organizations protect against ransomware. Visit stopransomware.gov to see ...

  • Los Angeles school district says it was target of ransomware attack

    September 6, 2022

    The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest collection of public schools in the United States, said it was targeted by a ransomware attack over the Labor Day weekend that caused “significant disruption” but did not lead to cancellation of classes. “Los Angeles Unified detected unusual activity in its Information Technology systems over the weekend, which ...

  • Nelnet Servicing breach exposes data of 2.5M student loan accounts

    August 29, 2022

    Data for over 2.5 million individuals with student loans from Oklahoma Student Loan Authority (OSLA) and EdFinancial was exposed after hackers breached the systems of technology services provider Nelnet Servicing. Technology services from Nelnet Servicing, including a web portal, are used by OSLA and EdFinancial to give online access students taking out a loan access to ...