Cyber attack on school system shuts down remote learning again for Tuesday

themountaineer | August 25, 2020

Cyber attack on school system shuts down remote learning again for Tuesday
Cyber criminals targeting Haywood County Schools with ransomeware have derailed another day of remote learning, with school called off for Tuesday, as well. It is unclear when school will resume. “We have three cyber experts working on things with us literally as we speak,” Superintendent Dr. Bill Nolte said Monday night. Ransomware is a type of cyber attack that cripples computer servers and holds them hostage until a ransom is paid.“We have no plans to pay it at this time,” Nolte said. “We would only do it as a last resort.”The school system must sort out what has been compromised and then try to rebuild its computer system through back-ups.In the meantime, it’s unclear when students will resume remote learning. Middle and high school students were one week into their online classes, and elementary students were slated to begin their classes Monday.

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