Ransomware hits K-12 district in Connecticut

Betsy Foresman reports:

Bridgeport Public Schools, a K-12 district in Connecticut about 40 miles northeast of the Bronx, became infected by ransomware on Friday, Jeffrey Postolowski, director of technology services, confirmed to EdScoop.

First reported by the Connecticut Post, the cyberattack originated from a virus dispatched by a malicious outsider and has encrypted district data to hold it hostage for a ransom. The district has not stated the amount of the ransom or whether it will pay it rather than take steps to decrypt the locked data itself. The district superintendent’s office did not respond to an email requesting answers to these questions.

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