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Ohio Community College Ransomed

Cyber criminals are ravaging our schools. Unfortunately, Ohio's Lakeland Community College is the latest victim of what appears to be the "Maze" ransomware group.

"Protecting the security and privacy of personal information is of the utmost importance to us." - Lakeland Community College

The Maze group has recently become popular in the underworld for their headline-grabbing attacks around the US.

In the latest development, the hackers exfiltrate (i.e. steal) victim data first. After successfully stealing critical data, attackers then lock up networks to ransom the organization.

"The [Maze] group publishes the stolen data online, including in Russian hacker forums, unless the victim pays, of course."

The criminals slowly release sensitive data until the victim organization pays up to unlock their systems and have the copies of their data destroyed.

"This is the equivalent of a kidnapper sending a pinky finger."

Of course, we can't ever know if the copies were really destroyed.

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Original article here.

Joel Cahill

Cybersecurity enthusiast. Entrepreneur.