Hackers Eye Students Returning To Virtual Classes As Easy Targets

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As many students across the country are returning to school online this fall, they face a potential wave of cyber attacks from hackers seeking to take advantage of academic institutions conducting remote classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Universities and schools are scrambling to address threats such as a surge in malicious phishing emails, “Zoombombs” and other kinds of attacks. But with weakened budgets and students learning off campus, they are facing an uphill battle.

“We are seeing a dramatic increase in phishing, this is fully expected, we knew it would happen with any major calamity,” Michael Tran Duff, chief privacy officer and chief information security officer (CISO) at Stanford University, said during a virtual event hosted by software company Proofpoint on Wednesday.

Read more at The Hill.



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