Ransomware Gang Hijacks University's Alert System

May 5, 2023, 8:30 AM

(from NBC News) Hackers hijacked Bluefield University’s emergency alerts system this week and, in what appears to be a first, used it to issue threats to students and faculty: The university must pay up or their files would be leaked online. In a series of messages sent over RamAlert, which sends text messages and emails to students and faculty when there’s a school emergency, hackers pushed university members to put pressure on the school’s president. Bluefield is currently advising students and faculty to not send emails from their school accounts. The university spokesperson declined to comment on whether the school was considering paying the hackers.

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