PA: Allegheny Intermediate Unit investigates malware attack, avoids ransom payment

Jeff Himler reports:

Allegheny Intermediate Unit alerted its employees Thursday afternoon to a recent malware attack on its data network but said there’s no initial evidence the perpetrator accessed sensitive information.

According to the employee notice, which was made available to the Tribune-Review, an “unknown entity” encrypted portions of the intermediate unit’s network and demanded payment of ransom to unencrypt the affected data.

Read more on TribLive.  Don’t know what the Allegheny Intermediate Unit?  Neither did I, so I googled it.  It’s “a branch of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and is the largest of the 29 intermediate units in Pennsylvania.”

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