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08/24/2020
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Another university pays the ransom

Last week, yet another university announced that it's paid cyberattackers to delete stolen teacher and student data. Administrators at the University of Utah said they tapped into their ransomware insurance policy to pay their attackers $457,000. Despite minimal disruption caused by the attack, concern with the disclosure of sensitive data pushed the school to pay up. “This was done as a proactive and preventive step to ensure information was not released on the internet," a university announcement explains about the decision. Colin Wood has the details.


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Ohio State holds pandemic innovation challenge

Students at Ohio State University are pitching ideas to keep the those returning to campus safe and healthy during the pandemic though a new innovation challenge, the university announced last week. The Safe and Healthy Campus Innovation Challenge is giving students, faculty and staff the opportunity to come up with and share innovative ideas to promote health and safety practices, like physical distancing on and off campus, wearing face masks and mental health care. “It’s all about democratizing innovation,” said Ohio State's Tim Raderstorf. Betsy Foresman has the story.


Contact tracing apps come under fire

More universities are launching mobile apps to collect health data on students and faculty, but some schools are facing backlash over privacy concerns and policies surrounding implementation. In particular, a new policy at Albion College forcing students to download an app that will trace their locations at all times is drawing sharp criticism from students and parents, who have started a petition to make it an opt-in program instead. University leaders, however, have said that mandatory adoption of the app, which has been shown to have at least two security vulnerabilities, is critical for monitoring the pandemic on their campus. Betsy has more.


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