NC: Emotet malware compromised Rockingham County Schools servers after employees opened phishing emails

This report was published December 28, 2017, but I’m first seeing it today.

Joe Dexter reports on the devastation Rockingham County Schools experienced after employees fell for a phishing email. The only good news, perhaps, was that personal information did not appear to have been  acquired or exfiltrated:

All it took was several downloads of a Microsoft Word document to completely shut down the computer network and internet structure at Rockingham County Schools, officials announced Wednesday.

During an emergency board meeting Wednesday, the school board voted 7-1 to approve a 12-month, $314,000 service contract with Atlanta-based ProLogic ITS, pending legal review.


The Emotet entered the schools computer systems on Dec. 11 through a phishing email that was opened and a Word attachment entitled “INCORRECT INVOICE” was downloaded on several different machines.


Approximately 20 physical and virtual servers will be need to be rebuilt by hand.

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