The FBI (Cyber Division) and the Department of Education’s Office of the Inspector General issued a warning about cyber-extortion schemes focused on public schools.
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It is inevitable that the education sector will experience data breaches and be subject to cyberattacks. One recent phishing attack has become so widespread and so damaging that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) itself has issued public guidance for schools on how to respond. Please share this information widely, educate yourself, and work with your schools to mitigate the risks of handling personal data of school employees, students, and their families.