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Ransomware Attack: Hackers Breach Illinois College’s Servers


Cybercriminals launched a ransomware attack against Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC), according to WNIJ. The ransomware attack has affected IVCC's email servers, website and administrative software.

There is no indication that any private information was exposed during the IVCC ransomware attack, WNIJ reported. In addition, the Blackboard servers that IVCC professors use for e-learning were unaffected, and the school has set up an alternative email server for students to contact their teachers.

The IVCC ransomware attack was discovered April 24, 2020 after the school's email system and website stopped working, WCSJ reported. An IT investigation revealed IVCC's network had been compromised and file servers were locked by an outside entity.

IVCC has hired consulting firm Rehmann and VDA Labs, a security testing, compliance and response company, to investigate the ransomware attack, WCSJ noted. It also hopes to know the results of its security scans in the coming days, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran told WNIJ.

Cybercriminals Attack Colleges, Universities

Along with IVCC, several other colleges and universities recently have experienced cyberattacks, including:

  • Monroe College: Hackers demanded a $2 million ransom to unlock Monroe College's website, learning management system and email system.
  • Regis University: Cybercriminals shut down Regis University's website, phone lines, email services and online programs.
  • Cape Cod Community CollegeHackers used a phishing attack to steal $800,000 from Cape Cod Community College bank accounts.

Cybersecurity is a top priority for many organizations, including schools. By partnering with MSSPs, schools can gain insights into cyber threats, identify security gaps and leverage security services to guard against current and evolving cyberattacks.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.