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Recent school ransomware attacks highlight need for ongoing vigilance

January 3, 2020

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In a routine cleanup over the holiday break, the IT department in Michigan’s Richmond Community Schools “noticed something unusual” with the district’s computers. It was a ransomware attack — something districts are becoming all too familiar with.

“Immediately, they shut down the portal where [the virus] had entered the system, shut down other servers that we believe have not yet been infected, and disconnected the internet,” Superintendent Brian Walmsley said. “We tried to preserve what was still good and spent the weekend trying to figure out how big the problem was.”

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