Los Angeles Valley College Hit with Ransomware Attack

Jan 12, 2017

Los Angeles Valley College Hit with Ransomware Attack

BY Chris Brunau

Ransomware

Ransomware has taken aim at higher education yet again. Los Angeles Valley College recently paid $28,000 in bitcoins after the infection spread through their entire network.

According to Bleeping Computer, the infection initially occurred on December 30, 2016, and attackers gave the school one week to pay the ransom. Various messaging systems and services were disabled due to the attack, making it difficult for the university to operate, according to ZDNet.

The university consulted with school leadership, cybersecurity experts and law enforcement and determined the best course of action was to pay the ransom. The university released a document of various frequently asked questions with more information. Unfortunately, it appears the university didn’t have a proper backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution that would enable them to recover their encrypted data from recent backups and avoid paying the ransom.

This is the latest entry in a growing list of schools and universities to come across the nasty malware. Recently, Carleton University in Ottawa experienced a ransomware attack costing roughly $30,000.

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