Baltimore County Public Schools Struck By Ransomware Attack

Baltimore County Public Schools were forced for the day to close following a ransomware cyberattack.

Baltimore County Public Schools were forced for the day to close following a ransomware cyberattack. 

The Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) system said there was  “a networking issue” affecting the schools’ email and grading systems, among others.

“This morning, we decided to close all BCPS schools and offices in order to access and limit the impact of the attack,” announced Baltimore County Public Schools Superintended Dr. Darryl Williams.

The system was rendered inaccessible after the hackers took over the system and demanded an unspecified ransom.

“We are in the preliminary steps of the investigation, and while I know that there is an interest in more information, at this time, we are just not able to provide anything additional,” explained Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt.

The Baltimore County Public Schools said they are also aware of the computer network issues with County Schools and urged students learning virtually to only use City Schools-issued laptops or devices for the time being.

The Teachers Association of Baltimore County instructed parents to leave the computers off and not turn it on until they are told that it is safe to do so.

Aside from Baltimore,  Virginia’s largest school system, Fairfax County, and Nevada’s largest school system, Clark County were also victims of hacking attacks earlier this year.


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