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July 27, 2022: Hive Ransomware Note Demands £500,000 from Wooton Upper School, UK

Ransomware thieves are demanding £500,000 after an attack against Wooton Upper School in Bedfordshire, said press reports this week. The attack, said to be the work of the Hive ransomware group, also affected the Kimberley college for 16-19-year-olds. Both of these organizations are part of the Wootton Academy Trust.

The cyber-criminal group reportedly messaged students and parents, informing them that they had compromised the Trust’s networks several weeks ago. It stole home addresses, bank details, medical records and even students’ psychological reviews. The Hive group believes that Wooton has £500,000 in cyber insurance, according to local newspaper Bedford Today. It has threatened to release all of the data unless the Trust pays up.

December 15, 2021: Ransomware Attack Ultimately Causes Closure of Lincoln College in Illinois.

A cyber-attack proves to be the final nail in the coffin for a US college battling financial crisis. Lincoln University, founded in 1865 and home to a Black student body, shut its doors on May 13. The rural institution in Illinois has been experiencing economic difficulties as a result of Covid-19’s effect on recruitment and funding.

According to the Chicago Tribune, an assault by a cyber group in December dealt the last blow to the institution. The group’s hack encrypted vital information, rendering it harder for officials to conduct “enrollment, retention, as well as fund-raising initiatives,” according to a notice lately posted on the school’s website. Lincoln College reportedly paid a $100,000 ransom to the hackers, but they were ultimately unable to fully recover from the attack.

July 2, 2022: Staff Members Personal Data Potentially Compromised in Cedar Rapids School District Cyberattack.

In the wake of a cybersecurity breach, an Iowa school district put programs on hold while investigators ascertain whether the incident was a ransomware attack or a data breach. The district suspended its summer programs because of the cybersecurity breach.

Data theft may have included staff members' names, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, bank account and routing numbers and medical information.

June 25, 2022: Cyberattack forces Macmillan Publishers to Take Operations Offline and Close Physical Offices

Book publisher Macmillan has been hit with what it describes as a “digital security incident”, with experts believing it could be ransomware. According to emails seen by Publishers Weekly, the publisher initially said that a portion of the company’s files had become encrypted and that it had taken all of its systems offline to prevent further compromise. The company’s US sales team confirmed that it was unable to process, receive, place, or ship orders as a result of the company-wide shut down of digital systems and physical offices. The attack also impacted its U.K. branch, known as Pan Macmillan.

The company declined to answer further questions on the nature of the incident or how its systems were compromised, the use of encryption by the hackers indicates that it was ransomware. The attack has not yet been claimed by any major ransomware groups, and it remains unclear whether any sensitive data was stolen.

WSJ reported on July 6 "Macmillan Says Retailers Can Again Order Its Books After Recent Cyberattack" and doesn't anticipate having to change the publishing date of any of its books.

September 25, 2021: HVAC and IT System Down at Lufkin Independent School District

Several internet systems of Lufkin ISD down due to a ransomware attack. The district realized it had been attacked Saturday morning, according to Sheila Adams, executive director of communications and public relations. School operations that were affected include HVAC at some campuses and Skyward, a school management software. The school announced the HVAC systems were operational again by 2:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, 3 days after the attack.

"While its cybersecurity program appears to have worked, leadership does not know for sure if any data was compromised. The district also does not currently know how or why the attack happened as it is still under investigation." Adams said.

December 1, 2021: Lewis & Clark Community College Shut Down in Ransomware Attack.

LCCC classes and other on-campus activities shut down due to ransomware attack impairing computers including those managing smoke and fire detectors. School officials elected to close campus until the attack has been dealt with. The campus and its computer system are closed down at least through Dec. 3.

June 3, 2021: 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."

June 11, 2021: Cyberattack Significantly Impacts Menominee Casino And Tribal Community

Menominee Casino in Keshena, WI closed for nearly two weeks due to "technical difficulties" following a cyberattack. The casino says it doesn't believe hackers got to any secure information. Tribal leaders tell NBC 26 the casino's security breach was 'beyond significant.' No reports of OT systems being affected.

"They can't make money for the community itself [right now]," Williams, a Keshena resident, said about the disabled casino. "I know that the casino does provide a lot of money for the community. It funds sponsorships for the college and other businesses. So I feel like the money impact is gonna be really bad."

June 20, 2021: FBI Investigates Ransomware Attack At Lucky Star Casinos.

All six Lucky Star Casino locations in Oklahoma remain closed after a ransomware attack penetrated the venues’ information technology (IT) networks. Lucky Star said it is working closely with federal law enforcement, including the FBI, to resolve the matter. The casino said its insurer will provide credit monitoring services for the next 12 months. Casino officials have not said what the hackers are demanding.

Owned and operated by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Lucky Star has casinos in Concho, Clinton, Canton, and Watonga. The tribes also have gaming parlors inside their travel centers in Hammon and Concho.

November 7, 2021: Ransomware Attack At Diamond Comic Distributors Disrupts Retailer Shipments

Maryland-based Diamond Comic Distributors reported it had suffered a ransomware attack that temporarily took down the company’s website and disrupted its ability to process customer orders. The affected shipments currently include comics bound for drop points in Baltimore, Boston, and Dallas. The delays will also ensnare some comic book orders sent via UPS and to markets overseas.

Diamond Comic Distributors, , a top middleman for transporting Marvel, Dark Horse, and Image comics to retail stores, has yet to provide details about the attack, such as which ransomware strain was involved.

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