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Classes Canceled at Howard University Following Ransomware Attack

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07.09.2021

School will not be in session Tuesday at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University, after the HBCU was hit by a suspected ransomware attack on Friday that forced the school to shut down internet service across the campus.

The school powered down its networks in order to investigate the cyberattack after the University's IT teams “detected unusual activity” the Friday before Labor Day weekend, prompting the school to take “many of our university systems offline,” the school said in a statement.

It was not clear how long classes will remain cancelled or how long the school’s wi-fi will be inaccessible, but the university warned in a statement that “remediation, after an incident of this kind, is a long haul—not an overnight solution.”

One thing is clear, however: as students head back to school this fall, COVID-19 isn’t the only thing that could get in the way of classes resuming normally.

Ransomware gangs, which frequently go after educational institutions because of their slack IT infrastructure and budgets, lock up victims’ computers and often........

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