Numerous K-12 schools, colleges, and universities have experienced significant technology outages due to cyberattacks this week. North Carolina Central University is one of the affected institutions, with a cyberattack impacting campus technology systems. As a result, the school has taken certain systems offline and is working with various partners to investigate and respond to the intrusion. In addition to NCCU, other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and schools with large minority populations have also been targeted by hackers in recent years.
At Stillman College, the president discussed a 2017 ransomware attack that required the school to rebuild its entire network from scratch. Furthermore, several other colleges and universities, such as Glendale Community College, have confirmed cyberattacks that have disrupted various systems and processes. In addition to higher education institutions, multiple K-12 schools across the U.S. have also been affected by ransomware attacks and outages, leading to disruptions in operations and communication with students and families.