The accepted wisdom in the field of cybersecurity is that things are getting worse, and that more businesses are losing control of more data than ever before.
What a bunch of pessimists we are… The truth, however, might be rather different.
A new study published by Risk Based Security has examined the number of data breach incidents in the first quarter of 2018, and compared it to the same time period in previous years. And guess what? It doesn’t look like we’re doing *that* badly.
Hackers phishing for sensitive information faked an email from a regional organization to break into the Fredericksburg school system’s electronic mail and file system last month.
The April 24 intrusion was caught the following day, but not before hackers accessed 14 school employees’ emails and one school employee’s files, according to a letter Superintendent David Melton sent to parents and guardians May 2.
The letter stated that the intruders may have used this to access students’ Individualized Education Programs, 504 Plans, Gifted and Talented profiles or portions of their academic records that had been sent by email.
The initial email appeared to come from a group that regularly emails information to the city’s schools, said Mike George, the school system’s director of technology. The employee who received it thought it looked suspicious, but wasn’t sure and opened it about 3 p.m. George said it “was basically a phishing scheme” that collected the employee’s username and password.