No payoff for hackers, Arkansas school district says

Jack Sandlin reports:

Computer hackers infected the Valley Springs School District‘s computer system with malicious software Thursday, locking access and demanding a ransom to restore its files and programs.

The hackers demanded a payment of 7,000 British pounds — about $8,500 U.S. dollars — from the school district, Superintendent Judy Green said Friday. The hackers used “ransomware,” a program that locks a computer or computer network until a ransom is paid.

The school district won’t pay, Green said, and is working to rid its system of all malicious software.

Thursday’s cyberattack marks the latest in a recent spate of such attacks in Northwest Arkansas.

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