Crime, Education, Sci-Tech

Superintendent Williams: No data was stolen during BCPS ransomware attack

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams on Wednesday issued an update on the ransomware attack that plagued the school system back in November. In the statement, Dr. Williams states that “there is no evidence that any data was accessed or stolen.” The full statement from Dr. Williams is below: “Dear BCPS Community, As we head into the …


Education, Politics, Sci-Tech

Senator West, Councilman Marks: Change law to enforce more oversight of schools

The following op-ed was submitted by Senator Chris West and Councilman David Marks, who represent northeastern Baltimore County. This month, instruction for Baltimore County Public Schools’ system was disrupted by a ransomware attack, the costs of which are still not known. We would like to thank the personnel who are working to correct the problem, as well as educators, students …


BCPS officials issue statement on ‘catastrophic’ ransomware attack

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials have issued a statement regarding this week’s ransomware attack that has decimated the school system’s technology infrastructure. The attack was reported on Wednesday morning as all classes, both in person and virtual, were cancelled. The following statement was issued on Friday: “Our technology and other central office teams have been working these past few …

FBI assisting Baltimore County Public Schools with ransomware investigation

UPDATE: BCPS officials have issued a statement on the ransomware attack. Original story below… —— TOWSON, MD—Following a ransomware attack that has paralyzed Baltimore County Public Schools’ technology infrastructure, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering assistance. “The FBI takes all cyber-crime seriously and is aware of the cyber-attack at Baltimore County Schools today. Per our usual policy, the FBI …

BCPS closes schools due to ransomware attack

UPDATE 4: BCPS officials have issued a statement on the ransomware attack. UPDATE 3: The FBI is now assisting with this investigation. UPDATE 2: Baltimore County government officials have issued the following statement: “We are aware that Baltimore County Public Schools has been the victim of a ransomware attack. Our Office of Information Technology is working closely with them to …

Frosh announces $17.5 million multi-state settlement with Home Depot over data breach

BALTIMORE MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday announced a multi-state settlement with the Georgia-based retailer The Home Depot stemming from its 2014 data breach, which exposed the payment card information of approximately 40 million consumers nationwide. Through the $17.5 million-dollar settlement, The Home Depot has reached a resolution with 46 states and the District of Columbia. The Home …

Marriott data breach impacts up to 5.2 million guests

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Marriott International announced on Tuesday that the names, addresses, account numbers, and other data of approximately 5.2 million guests may have been exposed in a massive data breach. This marks the second major breach to hit the hotel chain in less than 24 months. The company says that hotels operated and franchised under Marriott’s brands use an application to …

Attorney General warns Marylanders regarding Capital One data breach

BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh warned Marylanders on Tuesday that their personal and credit data may have been compromised in the July 19, 2019, data breach experienced by Capital One, the national bank and credit card issuer. Earlier this week, Capital One announced that a hacker had accessed about 100 million credit card application files. The …