Hackers also Target Students Learning Virtually or Staff Working from Home

Cyber criminals are increasingly launching attacks on kindergarten through 12th grade schools, and in some instances, rendering their computer networks inaccessible and disrupting distance learning, according to an advisory from the federal government.

Cyberattacks on Schools 2020

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Olenick, Doug. “Audit Found Baltimore County Schools Lacked Data Security.” Bank Info Security. 30 November 2020.

Paybarah, Azi. “Ransomware Attack Closes Baltimore County Public Schools.” New York Times. 29 November 2020.

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Uberti, David. “Hackers Smell Blood as Schools Grapple With Virtual Instruction.” Wall Street Journal. 19 October 2020.

Gaudiano, Nicole. “Data breaches hit thousands of K-12 students, federal watchdog reports.” Politico. 15 October 2020.

Klein, Alyson. “Large, Well-Off Suburban Districts Most Likely to Get Hacked.” Education Week. 15 October 2020.

Miller, Maggie. “Federal watchdog finds escalating cyberattacks on schools pose potential harm to students.” The Hill. 15 October 2020.

Willey, Jessica. “Sheldon ISD forced to pay nearly $207K after hackers targeted servers.” ABC 13. 15 October 2020.

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Webb, Shelby. “As if COVID wasn’t enough, Houston-area schools face ransom demands from hackers.” Houston Chronicle. 12 October 2020.

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Quealy, Brendan. “School districts most vulnerable, targeted organizations of cyber attacks.” Record-Eagle. 23 September 2020.

Klein, Alyson. “How to Thwart ‘Zoombombing’ in the Remote Classroom: 10 Tips.” Education Week. 22 September 2020.

Bergal, Jenni. “Cybercriminals Strike Schools Amid Pandemic.” Stateline. 22 September 2020.

Bernstein, Leandra. “K-12 schools increasingly the target of ransomware attacks during pandemic.” WJLA ABC 7. 15 September 2020.

Klein, Alyson. “Cyberattacks Disrupt Learning Even More During COVID-19.” Education Week. 14 September 2020.

Riddell, Roger. “Hartford, Miami cyberattacks highlight need for vigilance as districts reopen.” Education Dive. 10 September 2020.

Mackey, Cyn. “Cyberattack Shuts Down Ohio Online Classes.” Scioto County Daily News. 9 September 2020.

DeChiaro, Dean. “Schools unprepared for likely rash of cyberattacks, warn security experts.” Roll Call. 8 September 2020.

Fortin, Jacey. “Student Charged in Cyberattacks at Miami-Dade Schools.” New York Times. 3 September 2020.

Emerson, Anne. “Cyber experts are expecting an uptick in cyber attacks on schools this fall.” ABC 4 News. 3 September 2020.

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Sanders, Kerry. “Miami-Dade school district targeted by cyber attacks.” NBC Nightly News. 2 September 2020.

Johnson, Becky. “Haywood Schools not alone in ransomware attack.” The Mountaineer. 27 August 2020.

Olenick, Doug. “As Classes Resume, Schools Face Ransomware Risk.” InfoRisk Today. 26 August 2020.

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Miller, Maggie. “Hackers eye students returning to virtual classes as easy targets.” The Hill. 21 August 2020.

Caron, Christina. “How to Protect Your Family’s Privacy During Remote Learning.” New York Times. 20 August 2020.

Harrington, Kristine. “Cybersecurity experts warn of more attacks in online learning environment.” azfamily.com. 4 August 2020.

Ayres, Sabra. “Zoom Bombing and Data Breaches: As Class¬rooms Go Back Online, Will Hackers Find Op¬por¬tu¬nities?” Spectrum News. 27 July 2020.

Pierce, Dennis. “Here’s why cyber security experts are concerned about remote learning.” eSchoolNews. 16 July 2020.

Farrow, Hannah. “Congress Heightens Emphasis on K-12 Cybersecurity During COVID-19.” Education Week. 14 July 2020.

Newman, Lily Hay. “Schools Already Struggled With Cybersecurity. Then Came Covid-19.” Wired. 1 July 2020.

Riddell, Roger. “Where does school cybersecurity stand in a year disrupted by coronavirus?” Education Dive. 26 June 2020.

Cimpanu, Catalin. “FBI warns K12 schools of ransomware attacks via RDP.” ZDNet. 25 June 2020.

De La Rosa, Shawna. “Rapid switch to online learning created cybersecurity risks.” Education Dive. 19 June 2020.

Castelo. Micah. “Cyberattacks Increasingly Threaten Schools — Here’s What to Know.” EdTech: Focus on K-12. 17 June 2020.

Riddell, Roger. “3 cybersecurity tips crucial to secure student information in remote learning.” Education Dive. 24 April 2020.

Castelo, Micah. “4 Cyberhygiene Practices for Secure Remote Learning.” EdTech: Focus on K-12. 15 April 2020.

Rock, Amy. “Report: Cybersecurity Incidents at K-12 Schools Nearly Tripled in 2019.” Campus Safety. 25 March 2020.

daSilva, James. “K-12 needs better planning for cyber incidents.” SmartBrief. 17 March 2020.

Klein, Alyson. “Cyberattacks Force Schools to Bolster Online Security.” Education Week. 17 March 2020.

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Miller, Drew. “Number of Student Data Breaches, Ransomware Attacks nearly Tripled Last Year, report says.” The Houma Times. 4 March 2020.

Kennedy, Mike. “Cybersecurity incidents at schools nearly triple in 2019.” American School & University. 3 March 2020.

Klein, Alyson. “Cyber Attacks on Schools Tripled in 2019, Report Finds.” Education Week. 2 March 2020.

Tech & Learning. “T&L Leadership Summit Preview—The State of K-12 Cybersecurity/2019 Year in Review Released.” Tech & Learning. 2 March 2020.

D’Ammassa, Algernon. “2 Doña Ana County school districts recovering from ransomware as threats increase.” Las Cruces Sun-News. 28 February 2020.