A US college is shutting down for good following a ransomware attack

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  1. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    Lincoln College says it will close this week in the wake of a ransomware attack that took months to resolve. While the impact of COVID-19 severely impacted activities such as recruitment and fundraising, the cyberattack seems to have been the tipping point for the Illinois institution.

    The college has informed the Illinois Department of Higher Education and Higher Learning Commission that it will permanently close as of May 13th. As NBC News notes, it's the first US college or university to shut down in part because of a ransomware attack.

    A US college is shutting down for good following a ransomware attack (msn.com)

    Lincoln College - Associates & Bachelors Degree Programs
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  2. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    "Hit by a cyberattack" is an interesting way of saying their poor security practices literally destroyed the institution. I assume the DOE sets some minimum standards to protect students (and if they don't, then obviously accreditors do.) Someone with the power to compel these universities to act differently needs to ensure they have the minimum of cyber security precautions.

    Rhetorical questions:
    • Why were all systems networked together so that someone clicking a ransomware link or app would render all "recruitment, retention and fundraising efforts" inoperable?
    • Why don't they have sufficient backups?
    • Where was IT during the 3 months it took to recover?
    • How much did Lincoln pay in ransom?
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  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    As an aside, I remember Dave Barry referring to ransomware as sort of like a Windows update, except that someone out there actually knows how to fix it.

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