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Rising threat: Ransomware targeting schools becoming a serious problem

Kim Komado

You’re target No. 1 for hackers. Get this: 80% of schools suffered ransomware attacks last year. That number is only growing. 

We’re No. 1

Security company Sophos polled IT professionals, including 400 who work in education. U.S. institutions are a “prime target” — much more than schools in other countries.

Why? Problem one is that schools (and their data) aren’t as well protected as major businesses. They’re an easier target. Problem two: They’ve given in too often. The report shows that 47% of last year’s ransomware attacks led to payments. Hackers will keep shaking a tree that rains cash.


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