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Howard University Announced The Cancellation Of Classes After Being Hit With A Ransomware Attack Last Week

In a news release Monday, Howard said that its information technology team detected unusual activity on the school’s network on Friday, prompting an investigation into the situation.

“Based on the investigation and the information we have to date, we know the University has experienced a ransomware cyberattack,” said the historically black university in Washington, D.C.

The university said Tuesday’s classes will be canceled due to the attack, adding that the campus will be open for essential employees only and advising nonessential employees to stay at home.

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“We are currently working with leading external forensic experts and law enforcement to fully investigate the incident and the impact,” it said in the news release.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is readying an antitrust lawsuit against Google aimed at the search giant’s role in the ad tech market, multiple outlets have reported.
While a filing is not imminent, according to a Politico report, the agency could move forward with the case before President Biden’s pick to run the DOJ’s antitrust team makes it through the Senate.

Attorney General Merrick Garland and Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta would reportedly make the final call if Jonathan Kanter is not yet confirmed.

The new case will focus on how bans off our bodies Google has built up its dominance in digital advertising, Bloomberg first reported, and how it has used that position to maintain power.

A spokesperson for Google defended the company’s involvement in digital advertising, saying its technologies “help websites and apps fund their content, enable small businesses to grow, and protect users from exploitative privacy practices and bad ad experiences.

A group of bipartisan House lawmakers rolled out legislation this week to put in place a term limit for the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in the wake of escalating cybersecurity incidents and turmoil in agency leadership last year.

The CISA Cybersecurity Leadership Act would establish a five-year term for the CISA director position and reaffirm that the position is presidentially nominated and Senate approved.

The bill was introduced less than a year after former CISA Director Christopher Krebs, the first individual to hold the position, was fired by former President Trump for CISA’s efforts to push back against election-related disinformation and misinformation.

Krebs’s departure alongside several other top agency officials left CISA without Senate-confirmed leadership until July, when the Senate unanimously confirmed Jen Easterly as the new director of CISA.

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