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College in Pennsylvania was forced to suspend classes due to a ransomware attack

Exploit: Ransomware

Butler County Community College: Institution of Higher Learning

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Risk to Business: 2.728=Moderate

Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania was forced to suspend classes for at least two days in the wake of a ransomware attack that has crippled the college’s systems. The college says it is working to restore databases, hard drives, servers, and other devices. In a release, the college also announced the cancellation of all remote and online credit classes as it works to restore data, servers, and other systems affected by the attack. Noncredit courses are canceled as well for November 29 and 30. The college will not provide services on its main campus or at its additional locations on those days. The incident is under investigation and the college is being assisted in recovery by a local cybersecurity firm.

Individual Impact: No consumer PII or financial data loss was disclosed in this breach as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business Ransomware gangs have been taking aim at schools, colleges, school districts, and similar education sector targets thanks to its historically poor security and profit opportunities created by the adoption of widespread distance learning.

Source: wtae