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San Bernardino City Unified School District computer servers remain down after ransomware attack

  • Richard K. De Atley
  • PUBLISHED: October 21, 2019 at 4:38 pm | UPDATED: October 22, 2019 at 7:33 am
  • Categories:Crime + Public SafetyNews

A ransomware attack over the weekend left San Bernardino City Unified School District computer servers inaccessible, with no estimate for restoration.

Officials on Monday, Oct. 21, declined to disclose the ransom demands to unlock the system.

The district said it was working “with law enforcement and a third-party expert to restore the network. ” district spokeswoman Corina Borsuk wrote in an email.

The district announced Sunday that faculty and staff were locked out of their emails and classes would have to proceed without Wi-Fi and other tech-based tools when classes resumed Monday. SBCUSD has 72 schools with some 53,000 students.

Student and related family data were safe. That content is hosted on a third-party platform with its own servers, which were not affected, the district said in a statement.

Ransomware invasions allow hackers to gain control and access to computers and their stored data. The attackers then demand a ransom to release control of the devices. The district was first alerted to the attack early Saturday, officials said.

“It’s true that there are significant challenges to access the district network because the district systems are down,”  District Safety/Emergency Manager Eric Vetere said. “However, student data has not been compromised.”

Functioning Monday were school phones and student meal service, as well as lighting and air conditioning systems, the district said.

The telephone system for the district’s Transportation Department, which coordinate school buses were “briefly affected,” the district said, but bus operator Durham School Services transported students without interruption and that system has since been restored, Borsuk wrote.

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“We are committed to doing all we can to continue serving our families and to strengthening our systems so something like this doesn’t happen again,” Superintendent Dale Marsden said in a statement.

“As part of the ongoing investigation, SBCUSD cannot disclose the ransom demands,” Borsuk wrote.

While the district’s email system is down, officials recommend students and their families follow the district on Twitter @SB_CitySchools, on Instagram @sbcusd, and at www.facebook.com/SanBernardinoUSD for updates.

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Vimeo Could Have Collected Biometric Data Without Consent

The popular video site Vimeo now finds itself in hot water and are facing a lawsuit for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometrics Information Privacy Act.  The act requires all private companies collecting biometric information to maintain a publicly available, written policy that explains their practices concerning this type of information.  It also includes guidelines relating to the retention and destruction of such information.

According to the lawsuit filed:

“Vimeo is actively collecting, storing and using–without providing notice, obtaining informed written consent or publishing data retention policies–the biometrics of thousands of unwitting individuals throughout the country whose faces appear in photographs and/or videos uploaded to the Magisto “smart video editor” application in Illinois. Each face template that Vimeo extracts is unique to a particular individual in the same way that a fingerprint or voiceprint uniquely identifies one and only one person.”

The lawsuit is being brought forth by Illinois resident Bradley Acaley, who downloaded the Magisto app in 2017.  He purchased an annual subscription for $120, uploaded several photos and videos of himself and then could no longer access them after his subscription ended.

A Vimeo spokesperson had this to say about the recent filing:

“The lawsuit is based upon a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Magisto video creation app works.  To help customers create better videos faster, Magisto uses machine learning technology to help identify objects within video frames.  Determining whether an area represents a human face or a volleyball does not equate to “facial recognition,” and Magisto neither collects nor retains any facial information capable of recognizing an individual.  We look forward to having an opportunity to clear this up in court.”

It’s an interesting case and its outcome will no doubt have ramifications and ripple effects that extend far beyond Vimeo.  Stay tuned.

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Google Adds Several New Password Features To Help Users

Google is taking additional steps to provide a safer and more secure environment for their massive user base.  Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world. In recent months, Google has made moves to provide better password security. Most recently, they released a Chrome Extension called Password Checkup that scans all of your stored login credentials to see if they’ve been found in data breaches. If they have been breached, it prompts you to change them.

As good and helpful as that is, the company has taken an additional step and has now integrated the Password Checkup tool directly into Google’s Password Manager.

Here’s how it works:

  • Open your Google Password Manager, which you can access via https://passwords.google.com.
  • When the page displays, you’ll see a new link labelled “Check Passwords.” Click that.
  • Google will then proceed to check your stored login credentials to see:
    • If any of your passwords have been exposed via a third-party data breach
    • If the password in question is being reused among multiple sites
    • Assess the relative strength of all of your stored passwords.

Once this check is complete, it will display the results in different categories that show you exactly which passwords are at risk, and why they were flagged.  From there, you’ll be able to change any problematic passwords and re-run the check to give yourself a clean bill of health.

This is a fantastic move, but the company isn’t stopping there.  Ultimately, the company plans to have Chrome automatically alert you when your saved passwords were discovered in a breach and allow you to act immediately to change them and keep your accounts safe.

When the plan is fully realized, Google’s password security feature built into Chrome will rival the capabilities of many paid password management offerings, and that’s a very good thing indeed.  Kudos to Google for raising the bar.

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