FBI warns Educational organizations about Pysa ransomware attacks

FBI warns Educational organizations about Pysa ransomware attacks
FBI warns Educational organizations about Pysa ransomware attacks

Amid this ongoing pandemic situation, educational organizations are becoming the prime targets for cyber attackers. Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cyber Division has warned the educational institutions about the escalating malicious actions of Pysa ransomware operators. 


Pysa Ransomware, also known as Mespinoza Ransomware, is an extremely dangerous file-encrypting virus which is known for encrypting users’ crucial files and data stored on their systems. Victims are demanded to pay a ransom fee in order to get a decryption key, which is supposed to unlock all affected files. Since March 2020, Pysa ransomware has targeted several educational institutions, government entities, private companies, and the healthcare sectors. 


According to the FBI’s recent report, the ransomware gang has targeted education institutions in 12 US states and the United Kingdom. The unidentified cyber actors have specifically targeted higher education, K-12 schools, and seminaries. In case of institutions facing any such pysa ransomware attack, FBI has recommended to report the attack as soon as possible. Moreover, the FBI has also advised the educational organizations to arrange for proper security measures to prevent such attacks. 


Link: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fbi-warns-of-escalating-pysa-ransomware-attacks-on-education-orgs/?&web_view=true

By Hrithik Lall

IEMLabs is an ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 9001:2015 certified company, we are also a proud member of EC Council, NASSCOM, Data Security Council of India (DSCI), Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The company was established in 2016 with a vision in mind to provide Cyber Security to the digital world and make them Hack Proof. The question is why are we suddenly talking about Cyber Security and all this stuff? With the development of technology, more and more companies are shifting their business to Digital World which is resulting in the increase in Cyber Crimes.

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