NZ: Taranaki High School in digital lockdown after hacker demands US$5000 to release school work video

Catherine Groenestein reports:

An anonymous computer hacker has demanded US$5000 from a provincial high school to return course work they are holding for ransom.

Hāwera High School staff in South Taranaki switched on their computers on Monday to discover a message demanding payment for the return of encrypted data on a server containing students’ work and teaching resources, principal Rachel Williams said.

The hack did not affect student and staff records but the entire school network was taken offline as a precaution.

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