- Wakulla County Schools has become the latest government entity to be targeted by hackers or cybercriminals.
- No ransom has been demanded yet, but the experts suggest it is a ransomware attack.
The incident story
- On Tuesday morning, the district experienced a disruption in its information systems and found trouble in communicating via email.
- The incident has reportedly led to the outage of the email communication of Wakulla Schools.
- According to school officials, the disruption in the services has been occurring for over a week.
Ransomware attackers typically hack into a system and lock it down threatening to destroy the stored data or leak confidential information into the public. The access to systems is denied until a ransom is transferred to the account of the attackers.
- The officials of state and federal law enforcement were notified immediately after the attack.
- A forensic firm was contacted to look into the matter and restore the system safely
In the official statement:
- The Superintendent Robert Pearce stated, “as we work to complete the investigation, we will look for opportunities to further enhance our existing security measures.”
- The district claimed (in a Facebook post) that its working diligently with a leading forensic firm and law enforcement to secure systems and bring them back online.