Classes Canceled After Ransomware Attack on Newhall School District

The Newhall School District in Los Angeles County has become the victim of a cyber attack. Classes were canceled Monday and Tuesday after ransomware targeted the district’s computer system, disabling the server and email system.

“This obviously came at a difficult time for us since we’re 100% digital learning,” Newhall Superintendent Jeff Pelzel said (Los Angeles Times). The attack disabled virtual learning for the district’s 10 elementary schools. 

An outside forensics team is investigating the cause of the attack. It is believed to be the first instance of ransomware against an L.A. County school district this year. The Rialto Unified School District in San Bernardino County suffered a similar incident in August.

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