Education Department warns of extortion cyberthreat against schools


K-12 schools in at least three states have been targeted for extortion by hackers, and institutions of higher education may be subject to the same cyberthreat, a cybersecurity official at the U.S. Department of Education warned this week.

Recent cases emphasize how critical it is for schools and colleges to anticipate a cyberattack and for IT staff to take the necessary measures to protect their institutions, the official said Monday.

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