Ransomware gang hijacks university alert system to issue threats


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Aug 17, 2017
The Avos ransomware gang hijacked Bluefield University's emergency broadcast system, "RamAlert," to send students and staff SMS texts and email alerts that their data was stolen and would soon be released. Bluefield University is a small private university in Bluefield, Virginia, with roughly 900 students. On April 30th, the University disclosed to students and staff that they had suffered a cyberattack that impacted the IT systems, causing all examinations to be postponed. At the time, the University claimed that its investigation had found no evidence of any cases of financial fraud or identity theft linked to this incident. "Faculty and students can safely use and access MyBU, Canvas, and library resources through the universities website," explained Bluefield University. However,

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