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Technology Ransomware attack shuts down some Michigan schools

00:55  03 january  2020
00:55  03 january  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

Livingston Public Schools Hacked With Ransomware, Classes Delayed Today

  Livingston Public Schools Hacked With Ransomware, Classes Delayed Today Hackers broke into the network across nine schools and encrypted their data, essentially holding it hostage. Students and staff will be able to browse the internet and use their email accounts, but the full phone system is still down.Administrators said they reported the crime to police and plan to meet with staff this morning.As for the delayed opening, high school classes will start at 9:50 a.m., elementary schools will at 10:05 a.m., Heritage Middle School will open at 10:20 a.m. and Mount Pleasant at 10:35 a.m.Officials said it could take weeks to completely resolve the issue and get the data back.

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District officials at Richmond Community Schools said their servers were attacked by ransomware during the holiday break and that the virus affected telephones, copiers and classroom technology. The district has closed three schools for the week so employees can resolve the problem, which officials believe will be "a very time-consuming process." Student and staff information wasn't compromised, the district said.

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Richmond Community Schools Superintendent Brian Walmsley said officials won't pay the ransom. "There's no guarantee we'll get [the server files] back," he said. "And we don't know if that's $10,000 for each file or each server that they've taken."

The district is working to migrate critical data to backup servers, Walmsley said, adding that school should resume as normal on Monday.

Ransomware schemes have proliferated in the U.S. and around the world, with cybercriminals targeting health care providers, universities, government agencies and many other organizations. Last month, four U.S. cities were attacked, including two in Florida. One incident, in Pensacola, targeted the city's sanitation department and rendered a local energy company inoperable. A week later, an attack affected servers in New Orleans and caused a state of emergency.

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  New Orleans declares state of emergency following cyberattack New Orleans is the latest city to fall victim to a cyberattack, although it appears to have fared better than some of its peers. The city both declared a state of emergency and shut down most of its computers after detecting suspicious activity, including ransomware and a flurry of phishing emails. It's not clear if the ransomware compromised any systems, although Mayor LaToya Cantrell said that there had been no ransom requests or evidence of employees being tricked into handing over login details.

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Held hostage

Nor is Richmond, which is about an hour north of Detroit and which has roughly 1,400 students and a $15 million budget, the first school system to be held hostage. The Las Cruces, New Mexico, school district was attacked in October, while three New York school districts were hit last year.

In all, ransomware hackers hit 113 state and local government agencies, 764 health care providers and 89 colleges last year, according to a report from Emsisoft, a firm that monitors ransomware attacks.

"The fact that there were no confirmed ransomware-related deaths in 2019 is simply due to good luck, and that luck may not continue into 2020," Fabian Wosar, Emsisoft's chief technology officer, said in the report.

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  New Orleans city computers offline after cyberattack It wasn't immediately clear whether ransomware was to blame.The NOLA.gov website was still down for "unplanned maintenance" Sunday, but emergency services such as 911 and the fire department are still operational, the New Orleans' Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness said. The FBI and Secret Service are assisting with the investigation, the city said.

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Some flames have been reported to reach up to 230 feet (70 meters) in height, according to the fire service. For comparison, the Sydney Opera Ransomware attack shuts down some Michigan schools . U.S. faces an epidemic of cyberattacks in which hackers seize computer systems and

In a typical ransomware attack, cyberthieves gain control of servers used by companies or government agencies to store key data. The hackers then demand payment in return for unlocking the computers, sometimes threatening to delete data if payment isn't made.

In November, hackers hijacked data from more than 100 nursing homes across the nation and demanded $14 million. Not paying the ransom meant the nursing homes couldn't access patient records, use the internet, pay employees or order medications.

"I'm aware of one ransomware variant that affected all 50 states that had some $30 million in losses, and over $6 million in ransom payments. I would tell you that the losses are very significant, and easily approach a hundred million dollars or more just in the United States," Mike Christman, section chief for the FBI's cyber division, told CBS 60 Minutes last year. "Everyone should expect to be attacked."

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