Late on Monday, the Los Angeles Unified School District confirmed that a ransomware attack on its IT infrastructure was the cause of a major system outage that happened over the weekend. In a statement, the district said, “Since we found out about the incident, which is likely a crime, we’ve been working with law enforcement to evaluate the situation.”
The school district said that access to email, computer systems, and applications was affected. It didn’t say if the money was paid or not. The school district says that students should go back to school on Tuesday as usual. “We are working together with our partners to fix any and all services that are affected.
We don’t expect any major technical problems that would stop Los Angeles Unified from teaching, providing transportation, food, or Beyond the Bell services, but business operations could be delayed or changed. Reports of IT problems first came out on Sunday.
On Monday morning, LAUSD superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted that the district’s “Systems are temporarily disabled due to unforeseen circumstances.” His tweet was in response to a question from user CocoGail, who couldn’t get into the system to post grades for students.
The district said that the coordinated response to the attack has reached the highest levels of government. “After the District contacted officials over the holiday weekend, the White House brought together the Department of Education, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Los Angeles Unified Targeted by Ransomware Attack
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— Los Angeles Unified (@LASchools) September 6, 2022
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) helped Los Angeles Unified respond quickly to the situation. This was in addition to the help that local law enforcement agencies gave right away. The district said it wants an independent task force to make suggestions on how to stop future attacks, and it will put more money into people and technology.
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