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The latest cybersecurity incident to strike the beleaguered education sector has been directed at the Los Angeles Unified School District. The educational body has begun notifying contractors that social security numbers, along with other sensitive information, were exposed during a July 2022 ransomware attack.
The LA District has provided some information, and it appears that an undisclosed number of students enrolled at some point from 2013 through 2016 and some employees during that period appear to have lost information that includes their date of birth and address.
While the incident was many months ago, alerts are only now going out to those impacted. This latest attack also demonstrates again why school districts are an attractive target for threat actors. The issue also indicates why new measures should be taken to avoid the exposure of sensitive information or even school closure.
Considering the significance of the incident for Digital Journal is Stephan Chenette, Co-founder, and CTO at AttackIQ.
Chenette: expands upon the reasons why the school sector has proved to be a rich hunting grounds for malicious actors: “Educational institutions continue to be an attractive target for cybercriminals because they store large amounts of valuable Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and often lack critical resources for proper security measures.”
With the specific incident, Chenette considers: “It is unknown how the adversary gained access to the school district’s systems, but it is nonetheless critical for educational organizations to implement security solutions that monitor and scan the organization’s owned and managed assets for potential vulnerabilities in order to prevent disruption.”
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