Michigan State University Hacked

Ransomware Attack Has A Deadline

Michigan State University is counting down a clock, but not for a buzzer to signal another athletic victory. Today the gang responsible for Netwalker ransomware announced they’ve given MSU administrators a week. MSU was hacked. The administration can pay the undisclosed ransom or risk having sensitive data released.

Michigan State, which opened its doors in 1855, may not have on campus classes at the moment, but the data housed within its (virtual) walls is still vulnerable. The attackers have published information collected on a site they run on the dark web. In addition, the gang issued a statement. If MSU refuses to pay or tries to restore from back-ups, all their information will be published.

Better Protection

With the world working, learning, and communicating from our houses, data is easier to access than ever. As we mentioned yesterday, a test sample revealed that nearly all remote workers were not provided antivirus when switched to a work from home model.

While the source of the attack has yet to be revealed, it’s clear that Michigan State University didn’t have a strong enough defense system. Students, faculty, and employees of the university will have to wait to see how this plays out. Meanwhile, MSU has yet to release a statement.

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5 thoughts on “Michigan State University Hacked

  1. excellent reply to mr porterfield. I feel more confident in PCMatic with that response. It is clear, and point well made on the reporting vs advertisement

  2. What you failed to say in this advertisement is whether PCmatic would had assuredly prevented this Ransomware attack if it were running on their servers/pc’s.

    • What Mr Porterfield forgets is that this is a report of an incident – not an advertisement. That it’s published in a news piece on the website of the publisher of an anti-malware suite may lead readers to believe that the suite would have protected the University’s servers, but I’m not sure that PCMatic runs on the sort of servers used in Universities. Most of them I understand to be mainframe servers running Unix or similar – or even custom written in low-level languages
      such a assembler – for which PCMatic, almost by definition, may not be suitable – although its principles may well be.
      Personally I think this simply shows that there are few quite so complacent as those who have ‘expert’ knowledge…

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