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Georgia Tech Data Breach Exposes 1.3 Million Users' Personal Data

Georgia Tech Data Breach Exposes 1.3 Million Users' Personal Data

April 03, 2019Mohit Kumar
The Georgia Institute of Technology, well known as Georgia Tech, has confirmed a data breach that has exposed personal information of 1.3 million current and former faculty members, students, staff and student applicants. In a brief note published Tuesday, Georgia Tech says an unknown outside entity gained "unauthorized access" to its web application and accessed the University's central database by exploiting a vulnerability in the web app. Georgia Tech traced the first unauthorized access to its system to December 14, 2018, though it's unclear how long the unknown attacker(s) had access to the university database containing sensitive students and staff information. The database contained names, addresses, social security numbers, internal identification numbers, and date of birth of current and former students, faculty and staff, and student applicants. However, the University has launched a forensic investigation to determine the full extent of the breach.
Los Angeles College Pays Hackers $28,000 Ransom To Get Its Files Back

Los Angeles College Pays Hackers $28,000 Ransom To Get Its Files Back

January 10, 2017Mohit Kumar
Ransomware has turned on to a noxious game of Hackers to get paid effortlessly. Once again the heat was felt by the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) when hackers managed to infect its computer network with ransomware and demanded US$28,000 payment in Bitcoins to get back online. The cyber-attack occurred over winter break and caused widespread disruption to online, financial aid, email and voicemail systems, including locking out 1,800 students and staffs from their computers. As the situation was gone out of its hand, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) agreed to pay the ransom demand of $28,000 in Bitcoin to criminals to resume their operations after gaining the decryption keys, the school newspaper, The Valley Star, reports . The cyber criminals gave the college a week to pay the ransom and threatened to delete all the data if they were not paid. Also Read: RansomFree Tool Detects Never-Seen-Before Ransomware Before It Encrypts Your Data Just like mos
Student hacked into school's computer to obtain a girl's details

Student hacked into school's computer to obtain a girl's details

October 29, 2012Mohit Kumar
Matthew Higgins, now 20 and a university student, hacked into his school computer system to obtain a girl's details and then boasted on a hackers' forum. Matthew is son of a police inspector. Caernarfon Crown Court heard it was the case of a clever young man caught red-handed. The defendant says there is a conspiracy to fabricate evidence against him. Matthew first hacked the girl's file and then did a fake mail. In mail he claimed to be a constituent suggesting there was an insecure internet system at the school. " Mr Higgins denies securing unauthorised access to computer data at Eirias High School in March last year and attempting to do so again two months later ." BBC said. The prosecution accused Mr Higgins of having "played a game of bluff and smoke screens" and trying to portray himself as a victim. The trial is continuing.
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