Schools worldwide lose access to websites after FinalSite was attacked by ransomware

Schools worldwide lose access to websites after FinalSite was attacked by ransomware

https://thejournal.com/articles/2022/01/07/thousands-of-schools-affected-by-ransomware-attack-on-website-provider-finalsite.aspx

Exploit: Ransomware

FinalSite: Education Technology Provider

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Risk to Business: 1.227=Extreme School website services provider FinalSite has suffered a ransomware attack that disrupted access to websites for thousands of schools worldwide. FinalSite provides solutions for over 8,000 K – 12 schools and universities in 115 countries. school districts that hosted their websites with FinalSite found that they were no longer reachable or were displaying errors. Bleeping Computer reports that in addition to the website outages the attack prevented schools from sending closure notifications due to weather or COVID-19. FinalSite says that approximately 5,000 school websites went offline as a result of the ransomware attack and no data was stolen. An investigation is ongoing.

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Individual Impact: No consumer or employee PII or financial data exposure was disclosed in this incident as of press time.

Customers Impacted: Unknown
How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business : Ransomware risk is rising for organizations in every sector, especially companies that provide important services for other businesses.

Risk Levels:
1 - 1.5 = Extreme Risk
1.51 - 2.49 = Severe Risk
2.5 - 3 = Moderate Risk

*The risk score is calculated using a formula that considers a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.


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