INCIDENT: Iowa Community College Classes Disrupted By Cyberattack

A “cyberattack” is disrupting classes at the Des Moines Area Community College, where the school has cancelled in-person classes for four days and counting. Hackers forced it to shut down parts of the school's network and telephone system. The hack, which appears to be ransomware, has forced the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to resort to posting updates on Facebook, Twitter, and a barebones version of its site. The school has also asked faculty, staff, and students to avoid using Microsoft Office 365, as well as the popular online learning platform Blackboard.

DMACC has not published details of the cyberattack, only saying on Facebook that it "required us to shut down parts of our network."

Incident Date

June 3, 2021

Location

United States

Estimated Cost

4 days shutdown

Type of Malware:

No Malware identified

Threat Source:

No threat source identified

References:

  • Hackers Force Iowa College to Cancel Classes for Four Days

Industries:

Impacts

IT

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