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Long Island School District Forced To Pay Ransom To Hackers After Cyber Attack

Long Island School District Forced To Pay Ransom To Hackers After Cyber Attack


TO PAY RANSOM TO HACKERS AFTER A MAJOR CYBERATTACK. WELCOME BACK TO CBS2 NEWS STREAMING ON CBSN NEW YORK. IT IS CALLED RANSOM WARE, A GROWING THREAT TO SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN THE AREA. HACKERS BREAK INTO THE COMPUTER SYSTEM AND HOLD THE INFORMATION AS HOSTAGE. IN SOME CASES THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE THE FILES IS TO PAY UP. Reporter: ROCKVILLE CENTER SCHOOLS GETTING READY FOR OPENING DAY, FORMS TO FILL OUT, FOOTBALL TO PRACTICE, AND EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT CYBERSECURITY AND EXTORTION. I KNOW IT IS VERY SCARY FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS. MY HUSBAND IS A SCHOOL TEACHER. THEY WILL CONTINUE. THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL SO WHY WOULD THEY STOP? Reporter: $100,000 IN BIT COIN PAID BY THE SCHOOL SYSTEM’S INSURANCE COMPANY TO RESTORE DATA AFTER BEING HACKED WITH A RANSOM WARE VIRUS PLANTED AND DELIVERED THROUGH PHISHING EMAILS, ONE MISTAKEN CLICK IS ALL IT TAKES. ONCE THE EXPLOIT HAPPENS, THEY INCRYPT YOUR FILES. Reporter: NASSAU’S 56 SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE MAN AGED BY A TECH SERVICE PROTECTION. SOME HAVECLOUD PROTECTION. THE BAD GUYS ARE PRACTING THEIR CRAFT AND WE HAVE TO BE AHEAD OF THEM. Reporter: THE HACKERS SCOUR WEBSITE FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION. MOST SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE NO LONGER POSTING STAFF EMAILS. RANSOM WARE IS PROLIFFIC RIGHT NOW. THERE IS MORE OF IT GOING ON IN GOVERNMENT AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS THAN IN PRIVATE INDUSTRY. WE SEEM TO BE TARGETS NOW. Reporter: NO FOOL PROOF ESCAPES AS THE PROFESSIONAL HACKERS FROM EASTERN EUROPE AND OTHER LOCALES ATTEMPT TO TAKE OVER SYSTEMS. IF YOU HAVE VERIFIED BACKUPS, AT THAT POINT, YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY THE RANSOM, YOU CAN REBUILD. Reporter: THE FBI CALLS IT THE FASTEST GROWING THREAT IN AMERICA. THE ROCKVILLE CENTER SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SAID THEY DIDN’T


Reader Comments

  1. Sociopathic hackers even threatened to delete hospital records, holding those in the hospital and everyone that uses that hospital as hostage.
    They typically ask for bitcoin, which is known as ru$$ia's and other sociopaths money laundromat. Apparently the transactions are able to be done in ways that act as untraceable, yet gamblers don't seem to care about their enabling supporting things can can risk deleted hospital records of even their own family members.
    The case of schools being targets is only one of many of the sociopaths demands expecting to be met.

    Time to create a more serious firewall. Back up all data, and tax payers should fund the development of a more serious firewall form of protection for public related infrastructures.

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