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Feds warn on ransomware threat to schools

Hackers have tried to sell over 100 million private records extorted from almost 100 schools and businesses as of the end of last year after escalating, sometimes violent, threats, according to an industry warning issued Jan. 31 by the FBI and the Department of Education inspector general.

Attacks by a hacker group called TheDarkOverlord, described in the warning as "a loosely affiliated group of highly trained hackers," have recently focused threatening cyberattacks on schools and even students.


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