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Cyber Threats to K-12 Remote Learning Education

Guidance
Infectious Diseases and Public Health

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, December 2020

Summary

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has seen an increase in malicious activity with ransomware attacks against K-12 educational institutions. Malicious cyber actors are targeting school computer systems, slowing access, and rendering the systems inaccessible to basic functions, including remote learning. In some instances, ransomware actors stole and threatened to leak confidential student data unless institutions paid a ransom.

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