The Los Angeles Unified School District hit by a ransomware attack

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One of the US largest School districts, the Los Angeles Unified School District, suffered a ransomware attack during the weekend.

The Los Angeles Unified School District is one of the largest school distinct in the US, it was hit by a ransomware attack during the Labor Day weekend.

The security breach took place a few days ahead of the scheduled opening that was planned for Tuesday morning which will happen regularly.

“Los Angeles Unified detected unusual activity in its Information Technology systems over the weekend, which after initial review, can be confirmed as an external cyber attack on our Information Technology assets. Since the identification of the incident, which is likely criminal in nature, we continue to assess the situation with law enforcement agencies.” reads a statement Los Angeles Unified School District. “Despite this significant disruption to our system’s infrastructure, schools will open on Tuesday, September 6 as scheduled.”

The LA Unified School District is investigating the incident and announced to have implemented the incident response procedure. The investigation involved the the U.S. Department of Education, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

The district is working with its partners to restore the impacted services, it also added that critical business systems, employee healthcare and payroll are not impacted. The cyberattack has not impacted safety and emergency mechanisms in place at schools.

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Pierluigi Paganini

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