A school district in the city of Huntsville, Alabama, which includes 37 educational institutions, has closed schools in connection with the attack of the encryption virus.
The Huntsville Department of Education’s schools employ 2,300 people and have a student population of up to 24,000. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools provide both full-time and distance education. However, on November 30, the district’s information systems were attacked by an encryption virus. After that, officials closed the schools and asked the students to turn off their remote learning devices.
“Students, their families, teachers, and staff should turn off their school district-issued devices and not turn them on until specifically notified. In addition, named individuals should avoid entering the district’s platforms both at schools and at home, ” the notice says.
Officials also warned that in the near future, phishing emails may be sent to spread the virus. At the same time, employees of the Huntsville Department of Education do not disclose the amount that the attackers requested, nor do they say which hacker group claimed responsibility for the hack. There is also no information about whether the personal data of students or employees has been compromised.
Recall that at the end of November, the authorities of Delaware County in the US state of Pennsylvania paid hackers $500,000 in BTC after an attack of a virus-cryptographer on the information systems of the county.