MT: Bigfork school computers breached

Hilary Matheson reports:

Bigfork School District will not submit to ransom demands after the district’s computer network was compromised over the weekend by ransomware.

Information technology staff have been working to recover computer files and remove the malicious software, which encrypted and locked files from being opened. It’s often the case that ransomware is not detected until files have been locked.

“The ransomware virus was scheduled to open on a specific date and effectively locked out access to many district files including finance, personnel and student records,” Bigfork Superintendent Matt Jensen stated in a letter to staff sent out Tuesday.

The ransomware was allegedly sent through an email attachment.

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