The Baltimore School District was ransomware attacked on November 25 and shut down systems its network affected. The Baltimore School District runs all public schools in Baltimore County, Maryland, and is the 25th largest school district in the state. USA.
Mychael Dickerson, the district chief of staff, confirmed that the attack affected the offices, the site, the system e-mail, as well as the school district scoring system. The district also had to suspend them online teachings and close its offices after the ransomware attack hit its systems.
Mychael Dickerson also said in a statement that Baltimore Public Schools had to close on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, due to network problems. He added that Baltimore County public schools could confirm the ransomware attack, which caused IT systems to crash. Dickerson also stressed that the team technology of BCPS is currently working to address the situation and restore the systems.
According to BleepingComputer, depending on the ransomware gang that encrypted the school district systems, this attack could also lead to infringement if the information of employees and students has been stolen from them computers her.
Currently, more than 20 ransomware companies steal sensitively documents from their victim servers before encrypting network systems.
The Baltimore Public Schools District also posted a notice on its site, urging students to use only devices provided by the school district for online instruction. Specifically, the notice noted the following:
"Students participating in online classes should only use laptops or devices provided by their school. Do not use your personal laptop or desktop. ”
The county of Baltimore told WMAR has so far found no evidence to suggest that government systems were compromised during the ransomware attack. In May 2019, Baltimore City Hall was attacked by the RobbinHood ransomware during which its data was encrypted. At that time, the city had to shut down most of them servers to prevent malware from spreading and encrypting other systems.