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Malware Attack Hits College of the Desert

July 7, 2022

The College of the Desert, in California, has been hit by a serious malware attack that has taken down its website and caused a “system-wide outage” of most digital services.

The college has created a new website with news and information for students. “Classes are not canceled,” the new website says. “In-person classes are meeting at their regular time and location. Online and zoom classes can be accessed through Canvas.”

This is the second malware attack in two years at the community college, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating, reported The Desert Sun. The college is still trying to recover all the data lost in that attack.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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