Cloquet schools suffer ‘ransomware’ attack

Jana Hollingsworth reports:

The Cloquet school district was the victim of a malicious computer software attack last week that resulted in the equivalent of a lock on much of its information, and a $6,000 ransom demand to have it released.

School was canceled Thursday so technology employees could work on the problem. The district, which relies heavily on technology in its curriculum, had to erase the contents of its computers and reinstall necessary programs. It did not pay the ransom, said superintendent Ken Scarbrough, and sensitive student and staff data was not breached. That information is stored externally.

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