Ransomware Attack Shut Down School SystemOrhan Sari
Ransomware Attack Shut Down School System. On the first day of elementary school students starting online classes, the Haywood school system was hit by a ransomware attack.
1. How Ransomware Attack Shut Down School System?
The attackers demanded a large amount of money to restore the system, but the ransom amount was not unveiled by school authorities. Related IT teams worked seriously to restore the system and school authorities contacted the NC Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division, FBI, SBI, North Carolina Microelectronics Center (MCNC), North Carolina Information Technology Department (NCDIT), National Guard, and others to brief them on the situation.
All servers with school systems were shut down and removed from the network. Officials said they were optimistic that it would take time to understand the extent of the attack, but the data could be recovered soon.
As a high school and middle school online education started last week, elementary school students were going to learn how to spend their school days during the distance education period by conducting one-on-one interviews with teachers during the first week, but could not start classes after the ransomware attack. (See information security awareness training topics)
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