Officials Announced Albany-Area School District is Investigating a Malware Attack

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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