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UPDATE: It happened again, for the second time in a few days

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Aug 09 2019 7:43 AM

It has happened again, for the second time in a few days, Houston County Schools in Alabama delayed the school year’s opening due to a malware attack.


The long wave of malware attacks against US schools continues, for the second time in a week, the Houston County Schools in Alabama delayed the school year’s opening scheduled for August 1st due to a malware attack.


“Students will now report back on Monday, August 12. Open House will be held on Thursday, August 8 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.” 


“The delay is due to continued problems caused by a malware attack on the system’s server. This attack also affecting most phones at HCS Central Office.”


Even if there are no details about the attack, experts believe the Houston County Schools was hit by a ransom ware attack and is currently recovering its systems.


The district decided to delay 7 days of schools, the infection impacted all the computer at the schools and phone systems, paralyzing normal operations.


UPDATE:


The Superintendent, the School Board, Mr. Bob Blalock, the system's Information Technology and System Staff have been working diligently with both Law Enforcement and help from an outside vendor to assess and address this problem.


After a thorough assessment , they have found no evidence that a student or employee sensitive personally identifiable information has been taken or leaked. As of now no evidence of any data has been breached.


School Superintendent David Sewell would like to thank the public for being patent while they get the problem resolved.


 



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