The San Bernardino City Unified School District has been knocked offline by a ransomware attack.
The California state school system reported the attack on October 20, saying the files were blocked and unavailable and school staff returned to paper to handle some action. School officials have not given many details on the attack, but at this point they do not believe any data has been accessed.
“Please know: Student and parent data is secure. Nutrition Services and transportation are not impacted. Attendance will be completed manually.
The school operates telephone lines. But by email, it will be impossible to contact teachers or staff until the situation is resolved, “the district said.
San Bernadino joins the steadily growing group of school districts and municipalities that have been hit with ransomware this year. While most have opted to not pay the ransom demand, a few districts have given in.
As stated earlier, this September, the Wakulla County School Board voted unanimously to negotiate with hackers who infected Florida County systems with the extortion virus.
In August the Rockville Center School District in New York paid an $88,000 ransom to regain access.