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06/24/2021
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'ChaChi' trojan helps ransomware group target schools

Research published Wednesday by BlackBerry details a recently identified trojan being used by a ransomware gang that’s increasingly turned its sights on K-12 school districts and higher education institutions in the United States. The remote access trojan, or RAT, which BlackBerry researchers dubbed “ChaChi,” a portmanteau of two hacking tools it uses, has been used as a backdoor to networks targeted by a ransomware called PYSA, which the FBI warned in March is behind a rising wave of attacks on education, health and corporate networks. Benjamin Freed has the details.


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College students want more personalized, consistent communication

As students seek more support from higher education institutions, improving communication strategies could be helpful, according to an international student and staff survey released Wednesday. The report, compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education and Salesforce, the customer relationship management software firm, found nearly half of more than 1,000 students interviewed internationally said they want more personalized communications, whether that’s email or text messages. Emily Bamforth has it.


Universities need to carefully use tech to enable student success

Universities have long sought new ways to boost graduation rates and ensure services are accessible, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed administrators and faculty to use technology to support the success of their students in a more careful and comprehensive manner. Ryan Lufkin, an executive with the Canvas learning management system, told EdScoop that during the health crisis, educators started using his company’s product in “deeper, much more consistent” ways, a fortuitous turn given students’ self-reported desire for their professors to use classroom technology more consistently, according to Canvas’ user research. Colin Wood has the story.


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