Solomon Smith

Solomon Smith

UPDATE: Valleys pays ransom with Cyber Insurance

  Valley College paid a ransom of $28,000 Friday to cyber hackers who locked local file systems with encryption for the last seven days.  By Soloman Smith As we reported yesterday (story reprinted below) cyber criminals broke into Valley College’s servers on the day before New Years Eve and were demanding a ransom be paid upon the […]

Cyber attackers hold Valley College hostage

Cyber attackers hold Valley College hostage

Valley College is under a deadline to pay ransom or face the loss of its computer files. By D.R. Harward and Solomon Smith Hackers recently broke into Valley College’s servers seizing file, email and messaging systems and are ransoming them for almost $30,000. The cyber attackers left the college a note on one of its servers’ […]

Blackboard fails to warn students in campus-wide evacuation

Blackboard fails to warn students in campus-wide evacuation

By Solomon Smith and Herbert Orellana Early warning system Blackboard Connect does not make the grade in alerting students, faculty, and staff. Blackboard Connect, Valley College’s emergency notification system, recently failed to immediately alert students of a possible shooter on campus. On Nov. 9, the campus was placed on lock-down around 7 p.m. after police received […]