Week 34 Cyberattack Digest 2019 – Regis University, Nampa School District, Texas Department of Information Resource and others
We have prepared a portion of the hottest cyber news in our new cyberattack digest 2019 week 34, so grab a cup of tea and enjoy!
Regis University in Denver shuts down its computer systems
by The Denver Channel – 24 August 2019
As a result of a cyberattack, Regis University in Denver was forced to shut down its computer, phone and email systems. The criminal actions are believed to come from outside the United States. The private Catholic school disconnected its networks last Thursday and moved on to another website to provide students with necessary information. It remains unknown if it was a ransomware attack and the officials say that they are still investigating.
Teachers of Nampa School District have to use pens and blackboards
by idahopress.com – 21 August 2019
Another educational organization that has been affected by cyberattackers recently is the Nampa School District. As a result of the incident, the school system is expected to be offline for several days. School district spokeswoman Kathleen Tuck revealed that the district officials have been working with the consequences of the attack since Wednesday morning. It is unknown how many systems have been affected. All Nampa schools currently have no Internet connection and teachers are using pens, paper and blackboards during the classes. “Luckily we have ways of teaching our students that don’t involve the internet,” Tuck commented. There is also no evidence that any personal information has been lost in the attack.
23 government agencies in Texas are taken offline
by Forbes – 19 August 2019
The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) has confirmed recently that the State of Texas has been dealing with consequences of a cyber incident that was initiated on the morning of August 16. At least 23 government agencies in Texas are said to have been affected by the cyberattack and have been taken offline. In a statement, DIR said that “the majority of these entities were smaller local governments,” still it was declined to reveal names of any of the 23 agencies. Also, the DIR statement confirms that none of State of Texas networks and systems have been affected. The Texas State Operations Center has been working on a 24-hour basis since the day of the incident. Evidence gathered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Military Department and the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI supposes that the incident was a ransomware attack performed by a single malefactor. The affected agencies will be brought back online as soon as possible.