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Threat actors target K-12 distance learning education, CISA and FBI warn

December 11, 2020

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The US CISA and the FBI warned about the increase in ransomware attacks targeting the US K-12 educational sector aimed at data theft and disruption of distance learning services.

The number of attacks surged at the beginning of the 2020 school year.

“The FBI, CISA, and MS-ISAC assess malicious cyber actors are targeting kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) educational institutions, leading to ransomware attacks, the theft of data, and the disruption of distance learning services. Cyber actors likely view schools as targets of opportunity, and these types of attacks are expected to continue through the 2020/2021 academic year.”

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