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Professor William C. Banks Speaks to El Paso Matters About UTEP Cyberattack

Posted on Friday 4/2/2021
William C. Banks

(El Paso Matters | April 1, 2021) After three weeks of its network systems not fully being restored, the University of Texas at El Paso has yet to provide details about the “unauthorized and potentially malicious intrusion” that caused the networks to fail ...

... William C. Banks, a professor of law emeritus at Syracuse University, says an outage could be expected to take weeks or longer to repair. 

“A lot of the damage requires rebuilding an internal system and that’s not something you can just flip the switch and it’s done,” he said ...

... Although it’s hard to tell, Banks also speculates that the university could have been hit with a ransomware attack. 

The U.S. government’s cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency defines ransomware as “an ever-evolving form of malware designed to encrypt files on a device, rendering any files and the systems that rely on them unusable.” Ransom is typically demanded and perpetrators usually threaten to leak important files and data if the ransom is not paid. 

“If they were hit by ransomware, they may be unable to talk about it or may not want to talk about it,” Banks said ...

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