Ransomware

Officials from an Albany-area school district have launched an investigation into a malware attack that pushed students in grades 7 through 12 into all-remote learning on Monday.

Specialists investigating “technical interruptions” that occurred last Thursday “have concluded that the district was the target of a cyber assault by a threat actor group that used malware to encrypt some devices in the district,” according to the Guilderland Central School District’s website.

Officials from the 5,700-student district said they are looking into “whether any confidential data has been impacted.” They announced that school buildings for students in grades 7 through 12 will be closed on Monday.

In recent years, an outbreak of ransomware attacks has afflicted school districts and other government departments around the country. A criminal group infiltrated the computer system of Florida’s Broward County Public Schools earlier this month, threatening to publish students’ and employees’ personal details online unless it was paid $40 million in ransom.

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Jennifer Thomas is the Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Cybers Guards. Prior to that, She was responsible for leading its Cyber Security Practice and Cyber Security Operations Center, which provided managed security services.