IL: Rockford Public Schools release details about ‘ransomware’ attack

WTVO reports:

On Wednesday, Rockford Public Schools shared details about a devastating cyber attack the district suffered in September.

The district continues to recover from the ransomware attack, a computer-based attack in which hackers install software on a remote computer system that encrypts files so the owners cannot access them without paying a ransom.

According to a post on the RPS District 205 website, around 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 5th, the network was attacked by 199 variants of a virus which its antivirus security protocol could not keep up with.

Around 10 p.m., 50 to 60 of the roughly 300 servers went down in rapid succession.


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