It was an all-too-familiar situation for the Minnesota Department of Education Wednesday. The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education says science assessment testing was suspended due to a cyber attack.
With an ever-growing trove of sensitive information to safeguard, state officials have taken last year’s string of high-profile hacks into major companies to heart. Minnesota’s network holds the same kinds of personal information unleashed by hackers at Target, Home Depot and other retailers — and then some.
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In this day and age, hackers are finding more ways to compromise online security and steal information. To prevent the future issues, the National Cyber Security Alliance is on a 10-city tour to educate consumers on ways to protect themselves. Tuesday, the group visited Minnesota.
Cyber security experts are calling the last twelve months “the year of the large scale breach.” With companies like Target and Home Depot being hacked, leaders in the business and technology communities are teaming up to end cyber security crime.
It’s estimated that more than a 1,000 U.S. businesses have been hit by a cyber attack — and don’t even know it. That’s according to the U.S. Secret Service. Such attacks that have hit Target and Supervalu were the inspiration behind a security conference in Bloomington Saturday.
Target Corp. has acknowledged its security software picked up on suspicious activity after a massive cyberattack was launched, but it decided not to take immediate action. The acknowledgement comes after Bloomberg Newsweek reported Thursday that Target’s security team in Bangalore received security alerts on Nov. 30 that indicated malicious software had appeared in its network.
North Dakota University System officials say they are working with the FBI and an independent cyber security group to investigate a breach on the system’s computer server. Officials say the personal information of more than 290,000 current and former students and nearly 800 faculty and staff was hacked in early February. It’s not known if the data, which included social security numbers, was stolen.
A local teen crisis center is feeling some relief after a crisis of their own. The hotline for suicidal and abused teens run by The Bridge for Youth was restored late Wednesday after being blocked off for a day after someone took it over, possibly leaving teens in danger. A cyber security expert says it’s likely the perpetrator used a computer program to create an onslaught of calls to jam up the hotline.
Luxury merchant Neiman Marcus confirmed Saturday that thieves stole some of its customers’ payment card information and made unauthorized charges over the holiday season, becoming the second retailer in recent weeks to announce it had fallen victim to a cyber-security attack. The hacking, coming weeks after Target Corp. revealed its own breach, underscores the increasing challenges that merchants have in thwarting security breaches. Ginger Reeder, spokeswoman for Dallas-based Neiman Marcus Group Ltd., said in an email Saturday that the retailer had been notified in mid-December by its credit card processor about potentially unauthorized payment activity following customer purchases at stores.
The fallout over the security breech that resulted in the theft of credit information for an estimated 40 million Target shoppers continues. CBS News is reporting that consumer reaction to their response to the theft was not encouraging. Many have avoided shopping at Target, canceled their Target credit cards, and may even be planning to sue the company.
The U.S. Justice Department is now involved in the data breach at Twin Cities-based Target Corporation. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says it’s an indication that officials must be onto whomever committed the crime.
The University of Minnesota held a first-of-its-kind cyber security summit Monday morning.