Cincinnati State College was one of several small U.S. colleges added to the leak sites of ransomware groups over the Thanksgiving holiday, continuing a trend of educational institutions being targeted by hackers.
On Tuesday, the school said it is still investigating a cybersecurity incident that occurred in early November and that it is making “progress towards restoring many systems and services.”
Classes have been able to continue online and at all of the school’s physical campuses. Email services are now operational but IT systems are taking longer to be restored, causing “many of the College’s online services to remain offline.”
“For example, college employees, including instructors, cannot currently receive voicemail,” the school said.
As of Friday, the school said that financial aid services, network printing, VPN tools, department share drives, admission application platforms, transcript exchanges, grading tools and more were all still down.
Access to campus internet and classroom computers have been restored, however.
The school did not provide a timeline for when services will be fully returned to normal and did not respond to requests for comment.
Cincinnati State College provided a lengthy FAQ and “how-to” guide instructing current and prospective students as well as faculty members on ways to get around the outages.
On Thanksgiving, the Vice Society ransomware group added the school to its list of victims. The group has has been spotlighted by both the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) for focusing its attacks on K-12 schools as well as colleges across the U.S.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022