September 10, 2019

Ransomware shuts down classes, childcare centers

School administrators announced recently that all classes in Flagstaff Unified School District in Arizona would be canceled for the day following the discovery of a ransomware infection on district computers.

Administrators of the 16 K-12 schools and more than 11,000 students said that the cyberattack had “impacted the ability of FUSD schools to operate normally.” The schools say they’ve had to shut down some computer systems, but could not specify which ones, citing an ongoing investigation into the event. The attack also led the district to cancel other educational programs and facilities for the day, including childcare centers, district preschools, and after-school activities for children ages 5 to 12.

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