Cyberattack on New Hampshire school district illustrates growing threat to states and localities

BY: - June 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — In October 2019, officials at a tiny western New Hampshire school district suddenly realized they had a problem on their hands. The Sunapee School District’s servers, documents and other internal information systems had been locked down by an outside entity demanding a ransom payment. A cyberattack, like the Colonial Pipeline one that spurred days […]

Cyberattack on meat giant has Iowans looking to fortify defenses

BY: - June 2, 2021

A ransomware attack on the world’s largest meatpacking company this week drew attention to the need for more cybersecurity in agriculture. JBS plants across the U.S., including two in Iowa, had moved toward reopening at full capacity late Wednesday after a cyberattack on servers. The White House said a Russian crime organization is likely to […]

Governor’s STEM council hacked in international ransomware attack

BY: - August 17, 2020

An international ransomware attack this spring included a contractor for the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, which promotes education in computer coding and other tech fields.  The council was a victim in the same attack that included the Iowa State Foundation. In a letter to the council, Director Jeff Weld and Associate Director Carrie Rankin said the […]

Iowa State Foundation part of international ransomware attack

BY: - July 29, 2020

A contractor for the Iowa State University Foundation was the victim of an international ransomware attack that may have included people’s donation amounts, dates of birth, and phone numbers. The New York-based contractor, cloud computing giant Blackbaud, paid an undisclosed ransom and confirmed the information was destroyed and would not be used. The company is […]