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Hackers Infiltrate Wakulla County School District computers

Hackers Infiltrate Wakulla County School District computers
  • 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.

Post-attack efforts

  • 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.
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