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From Texas Standard.

Multiple school districts in north and northeast Texas were notified by the Texas Department of Agriculture recently that they were likely exposed to a data breach. The warning estimates that personal information of some 700 students across 39 districts could have been leaked when an employee’s state-issued laptop was hit with a ransomware attack.


A malware attack earlier this summer caused disruption around the world. June's WannaCry cyber assault locked down hospitals, government offices and major corporations and held their data hostage for cash.

The WannaCry ransomware that attacked computers in 150 countries has lines of code that are identical to work by hackers known as the Lazarus Group, according to security experts. The Lazarus hackers have been linked to North Korea, raising suspicions that the nation could be responsible for the attack.

What You Need To Know About Ransomware

Jun 29, 2016

Cybercriminals used to steal credit card numbers and sell them to other criminals to manufacture fake cards. Now they steal data and hold it ransom. Yesterday on Think, Lauren Silverman talked with Josephine Wolff, an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, about this shifting business model in cybercrime.