Public schools in the Toledo area have been attacked ransomware. The incident started on the first day of the school year, when malicious agents seized a computer and shut down it. Until now, school officials had not admitted to attack.
On October 16, an article was published by a website called DataBreaches.net, he mentioned that hackers received sensitive information from the school community, including student birth dates and social security numbers, as well as staff addresses and subsequently published this information in the Internet, which is common in ransomware attacks, when the victim does not pay the ransom required.
Indeed, the Toledo Online Learning Systems crashed on September 8, which they attributed to hacking. However, the officials did not make further statements and attributed the incident elsewhere.
However the Deputy Inspector Jim Gant, admitted to The Blade that the shutdown of online learning tools on the first day of the school year was in fact the result of an ransomware attack.
On October 16, the same morning that the report appeared on DataBreaches.net, administrators told The Blade that they did not know about data breach in the commentary community of Toledo. By the same afternoon, however, they had admitted that the data "may have been compromised" during the Sept. 8 invasion that disrupted online classes.
Three days later, Mr Gant said he was unable to confirm whether the data breach was related to the Sept. 8 incident and was unaware that anyone had asked for ransom from the start. He also said he could not provide more details on when the application was received ransom or how much money was required.
Mr Gant said the Toledo school community was working to protect its employees from identity theft and would alert the public to the incident in the coming weeks. "It is important for the public to know that we tried to deal with it very quickly. "We really want to make sure we are clear with the public and do everything we can to protect their information."