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NetWalker ransomware continues streak of college attacks

The ransomware variant that hit Michigan State University last week has struck two more colleges. Columbia College in Chicago and the University of California, San Francisco were hit by the malware, according to posts on a blog maintained by the hackers behind the attacks. The posts themselves contained what appear to be screenshots of student and faculty records containing personally identifiable information and a demand for ransom. Benjamin Freed has the details.

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Universities must encourage discourse on racism, pandemic, said educators

As colleges and universities prepare for the fall semester — deciding how or if students should return to campus — a top priority is finding ways to reconstruct a sense of community and foster student engagement around the many challenges currently facing the United States, administrators said in a webinar Wednesday. Physical meeting places on campus where students would usually hash out these ideas are now largely absent, and university leaders like UC Berkeley School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said it's crucial that institutions of higher learning search for workarounds. “There’s such a need for the community to come together right now,” Chemerinsky said.   Betsy Foresman reports.

College Board puts online SAT on hold

College Board announced Tuesday that the online version of the SAT, which was promised to give students the opportunity to take the standardized test while schools and testing centers remain closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been put on hold and will not be available this year. “[The SAT] would require three hours of uninterrupted, video-quality internet for each student, which can’t be guaranteed for all,” the group said. Betsy has more.

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