Why are Hackers Targeting Schools and Universities?

Education Technology Insights | Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Users must always use anti-virus software on computers, laptops or tablets while browsing so that the malware will stop having access to any personal data. When the program comes with a VPN, the IP address can also be concealed.

FREMONT, CA: When it comes to threats from adware, ransomware or trojans, a client usually worries about the threat for his personal computer. Yet people mostly don't worry about the risks to schools or colleges that these viruses can pose. Nonetheless, it will become apparent that ransomware has become a massive problem for colleges if statistics are properly viewed. The key reasons are the many different gadgets that students and teachers carry and connect to the school network as visitors.

By the statistics

The universities and colleges have been the worst targets of adware and trojans in the last few years, and it was second in the ransomware-attacked sector list. Another reason is that nobody suspects cyber attackers or hackers would profit from targeting colleges or universities, as they are not precisely an organization that will fetch them money. Therefore, nearly all the technology is dedicated to students' activities and the storing of data.

Tricky reasons

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If hackers break into the network of universities, they don't want to rob cash but to have access to other devices linked to the same network, to install malware, adware and spyware in their gadgets. It is also understood, though, that the internet security worries the students least; for them either it is not a danger, or they are oblivious of it. Shockingly, because of this carelessness, numerous laptops, cell phones, tablets, and different PCs have zero assurance against malware.

Hackers can have access to a network and then start attacking each device one by one. They switch the malware to allow them to gather personal information quickly. The full student name, ID numbers, addresses and telephone numbers are stolen by the hackers. Such cybercriminals then use the information to generate false ID cards, collect false medical requirements, obtain credit cards, and much more.

Nonetheless, some security code is best to be used when surfing the Web as it searches for unauthorized programs trying to gain access to the network. Therefore, if the program comes with a VPN, then the IP address is even more efficient.

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