Ransomware attack shuts down a US College permanently

All these days, we have seen businesses shutting down on a permanent note because of sophisticated ransomware attacks; but here’s some news that is related to an educational institution which chose to shut down as it became a victim of a massive ransomware attack.

US’s Lincoln College has posted a notice on its website confirming a ‘Goodbye’ note to the business. Interestingly, the note mentioned that the educational institute survived world wars, COVID-19 shutdowns and Spanish flu, but could not sustain itself from a ransomware attack that swallowed it wholly.

Cybersecurity Insiders has learnt that Lincoln College became a victim a cyber attack in Dec’2021 encrypting all the organizations data and painting an unclear picture on the enrollments that were to take place in 2022 fall.

Prima facie revealed the ransomware took control of all the servers related to recruitment, retention and fund raising.

Further investigations assured that no student data was compromised in the cyber incident. However, the information related to students who applied for admission was totally encrypted and now erased as the victim failed to pay a ransom on time.

The US Educational Department is trying everything to infuse life into the institution devoted to blacks and named after President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.

After making many efforts to come out of the trouble, Lincoln College announced an official shut down on March 29th this year and made its final commitment on Sunday last week.

Local students will be given the privilege to enroll into other colleges for the next academic year. However, the fate of the international students is still in a dilemma as their visa to continue their stay in the United States will finish from this month’s end.

Hope, the white house takes control of the situations and gives clarity on such students’ educational future!


Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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