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How Ransomware Took Down a Country and a College in One Week

Lincoln College Closes Doors

Still not sure about the dangers of ransomware? Well, this one should do it. Lincoln College is an educational institution that has been around since 1865, surviving everything from world wars to pandemics to financial crises in its storied history. Tragically though, the college will be closed its doors forever later this month due to a ransomware attack that crippled the school’s administrative capabilities.

That’s right, after a ransomware attack in December 2021 halted recruitment, retention, and fundraising, rendering them “inoperable” for a significant period of time. A statement from the predominantly Black college noted that things only got worse from there.

“Once fully restored in March 2022, the projections displayed significant enrollment shortfalls, requiring a transformational donation or partnership to sustain Lincoln College beyond the current semester.”

Lincoln College will close its doors after 157 years on May 13th, 2022.

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