Why are education institutions under attack?

Cyber-criminals intrude into higher education computer networks which are much faster than normal computer systems so they can use the servers to send out malware, spam and viruses. The criminals may try to break in so they can steal the personal information of faculty, staff and students. The biggest reason for network data breaches is so that cyber-criminals can steal student, staff and faculty personal information–identity theft.

Some cyber-criminals break in just to prove to themselves and others that they can do it; other criminals break in to take advantage of the large bandwidth for illegal music and movie downloads.

Some of these criminals have an unusually high level of computer and computer code knowledge, making it easier for them to find “unlocked data doors” that should have been locked by staff. Some criminals are referred to as “script kiddies,” or hacking amateurs trying to intrude with pre-written code.

Cyber-criminals know that some college computer networks aren’t properly configured, so they try to find and exploit the vulnerabilities in that system.

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