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09/04/2020
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After launching reporting portal, UVA cracks down on gatherings

The University of Virginia has cracked down on health policy violations with the help of an online portal that allows people to report social behaviors that could promote the spread of COVID-19. The new system, launched last month, was designed for students and residents in the surrounding community to help the university enforce compliance with policies that will protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and community members from virus outbreaks. So far, the university has received approximately 40 reports from residents and community members, and 28 from student, faculty and staff.   Betsy Foresman has the story.


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Miami high school student arrested for cyberattack

Authorities in Miami on Thursday arrested a 16-year-old high school student who admitted to orchestrating a wave of cyberattacks that disrupted the first week of online classes for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The student, a junior at South Miami Senior High School, admitted responsibility for at least eight distributed-denial-of-service attacks against the Miami-Dade schools’ online learning platform, which disrupted the ability of teachers and students to access their virtual classrooms. “At no time were our firewalls compromised and no student or employee personal data was accessed. The cyberattacks did create a significant burden and caused massive disruption to all District web-based systems,” a district statement read. Benjamin Freed has the details.


Dallas libraries offer Wi-Fi for students

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced this week that four libraries will begin providing free public Wi-Fi during the day to support families and students who lack access at home. The project, done in partnership with Cisco, will outfit four public libraries with outdoor routers for parking lot Wi-Fi access from 7:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. The new Wi-Fi service will be accompanied by digital service kiosks placed outside of the libraries, connecting librarians to users via video chat so residents can access the library services.   Ryan Johnston has the story over on StateScoop.


North Dakota promotes national cybersecurity challenge

North Dakota's technology agency announced this week it will cover the registration fees for up to 25 schools in the state interested in participating in CyberPatriot, a national cybersecurity competition run by the Air Force to generate interest in technology careers. The competition, which challenges and middle school and high school students to find and patch vulnerabilities in a virtual operating system, is held annually to help fill a global cybersecurity workforce gap. A spokesperson said the initiative is one of many designed to encourage students to consider careers in science and technology. "Our ability to help offset the cost just eliminates a potential barrier and makes it easier for teachers and classes to get involved," said Kelly Ivahnenko, communications director for the North Dakota Information Technology Department. Colin Wood reports.


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