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A financial aid firm exposed millions of sensitive documents involving student data. Vestas, a wind turbine marker with $35 billion in market value, is breached. And federal officials have a warning about Turkey Day. This is CyberScoop for November 22, 2021.

Scholarship application vendor exposed millions of files, researchers find

A software company that manages applications for academic scholarships and other forms of financial assistance for college students misconfigured a cloud storage platform, leaving millions of records exposed on the internet, according to research published Monday by UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm. The company, SmarterSelect, failed to make private a Google Cloud Storage bucket containing 1.5 terabytes of data collected by an array of programs that offer support to students — with documents dating from November 2020 to Sept. 29 — around the time SmarterSelect acknowledged UpGuard’s discovery. The application materials contained names, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers — but also essays in which applicants disclose intimate details about their lives. Benjamin Freed has the news at EdScoop.

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Big wind turbine maker victimized in cyberattack

Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish wind turbine manufacturing giant, said that a cyberattack it discovered on Nov. 19 forced it to shut down some of its IT systems. In a Monday update, the company said the attack compromised data and that it's working to get its systems back online. It's the latest incident in the energy sector, which has been marked by major attacks dating back to the Ukraine power grid shutdown in 2016 and Saudi Aramco in 2017. Tim Starks reports.

Feds remind US orgs about holiday ransomware threat

Recent trends show that ransomware hackers are launching "serious and impactful" attacks during holidays and weekends, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a bulletin Monday. Neither CISA nor the FBI have identified specific threats ahead of Thanksgiving, the alert states, though extortion events on Independence Day and Mother's Day are proof that scammers aim to leverage holidays to launch intrusions, the government said. Read it here.

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