Education, Sci-Tech

Baltimore County Public Schools to be closed Monday, Tuesday

TOWSON, MD—All Baltimore County Public Schools facilities will be closed to students on Monday and Tuesday in the wake of a devastating ransomware attack. BCPS officials issued the following statement on Saturday afternoon: Due to the recent ransomware attack, Baltimore County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1. BCPS offices will be …


Crime, Education, Sci-Tech

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 …


Perry Hall High School PTSA Craft Fair goes virtual

PERRY HALL, MD—One of the most popular local holiday shopping events has gone virtual. Starting Friday, residents can shop the Perry Hall Winter Arts & Crafts Fair online, featuring items from many local vendors, while supporting Perry Hall High School PTSA. The fair will run online from November 27 – December 15, 2020. “Thanks to the pandemic, this year’s Arts …

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 …

Ring recalls 2nd-generation doorbells due to fire risk

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Amazon’s Ring is recalling hundreds of thousands of video doorbells due to a fire risk. The Ring Video Doorbell (Second Generation) battery can reportedly overheat when incorrect screws are used for installation, posing fire and burn hazards. This recall involves Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation), model number 5UM5E5 smart doorbell cameras. Only Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Generation) models with …

BCPS launches COVID-19 data dashboard

TOWON, MD – Baltimore County Public Schools has launched an online COVID-19 data dashboard that will be updated every Friday. The dashboard provides data on COVID-19 cases in Baltimore County Public Schools and Baltimore County based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health. On the dashboard, graphs and tables show the …