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Bridgeport Schools computer network hit by ransomware attack.

On January 8, 2019, the Bridgeport Public Schools fell victim to a ransomware attack. The virus locked officials out of the district’s network, and shortly after hackers demanded Bridgeport Schools pay a ransom in exchange for decryption keys. So far, there has been no evidence of any data theft from the attack.

What happened?

Hackers seem to have gained access to Bridgeport Schools’ systems through email phishing. Teachers were unable to access their teaching materials stored on the affected server. All files stored on cloud storage platforms like Microsoft 365 and Google Drive are reported to be safe from the attack.

As a security measure, all employees were requested to change their passwords. Fortunately, the personal information of Bridgeport Schools’ students and teachers was unaffected. The district notified the Department of Homeland Security about the ransomware attack. The IT security team is looking for alternatives to regain access to its systems without paying the ransom.

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