Michigan State University Suffered Ransomware Attack

Continuing with the ransomware attacks, this time, the attackers have targeted the educational sector. Reportedly, Michigan State University has suffered a ransomware attack. The attackers have threatened to leak the stolen data in case the victim fails to pay the ransom.

Recently, the criminals behind the NetWalker (Mailto) ransomware have claimed to have hacked the Michigan State University (MSU).

In a blog post, the gang has announced to have stolen data from the network of MSU – an institution with over 40,000 students.

To add weight to their claim, the hackers have shared snapshots of the Microsoft Windows file directory. The images presumably show users’ folders from the university’s network.

The following tweet from Ransom Leaks shares the details.

Talking to EdScoop, Brett Callow, an analyst from security firm Emsisoft, explained that the NetWalker attackers have changed their strategy. Now, instead of merely locking the victim out of the systems, the attackers steal data. Also, they threaten to publish the data publicly in case of failure to pay the ransom.

In the case of MSU as well, the hackers have done the same.

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