Ransomware Targets Higher Education Institutions

Higher education institutions may be regarded as out-of-scope targets for ransomware operators, however, the trends show that things are quite the opposite. Three distinct colleges have been hit with ransomware. These are North Carolina A&T University, Austin Peay State University, and Lincoln College, with the cyberattack on the latter resulting in the college closure.

Lincoln College Closes Following Ransomware Attack

After 157 years of activity, Lincoln college had to be closed because of ransomware: from being initially impacted by the pandemic which directly affected its ability to perform recruiting and fundraising to a December ransomware attack which left the institution with no access to critical information. This resulted in a decrease in its chances to find new students.

On the Lincoln colleges website, there is a notice that reads

All systems required for recruitment, retention, and fundraising efforts were inoperable. Fortunately, no personal identifying information was exposed. Once fully restored in March 2022, the projections displayed significant enrollment shortfalls, requiring a transformational donation or partnership to sustain Lincoln College beyond the current semester.


Austin Peay Hit with Cyberattack

Austin Peay State University announced on April 27 on Twitter that it had been impacted by a ransomware attack.


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