Terrible news for today! Bridgeport Public Schools, from K-12 district in Connecticut that is about 40 miles northeast of the Bronx, got encrypted by ransomware.
The devastating cyber attack originated from a virus delivered by a malicious hacker. At first, it has encrypted all the district data and then demanded a ransom.
For now, the district officials have not revealed the amount of money they will pay, rather than try to decrypt the locked data.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
In fact, for the moment no one said anything regarding this fast and devastating cyber attack.
Rumors say that there is no evidence of any data theft in the attack. However, it seems that several teachers have lost their access to lesson plans and teaching materials saved on work computers. Good news is that anyone who has saved his work on cloud-based platforms is unaffected and the district’s PowerSchool platform remained untouched, too.
Probably at this time of speaking the regional IT department had already begun to fix the problem, but no-one knows for sure because the district didn’t discover anything so it can be only assumed that their IT team is already involved in the recovery process.
.Cyberscurity experts say that it will be nice to know how the malicious hackers gained access to the district’s system. Until then, their advice for the teachers is to change all their email passwords and under any circumstances do not bring personal computers to the work. Because phishing attempts are the most common hacking method used in the cyber attacks like the ones that affected the K-12 districts, which demonstrates that human error is still a prominent threat to school data.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.