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FBI assisting Baltimore County Public Schools with ransomware investigation

UPDATE: BCPS officials have issued a statement on the ransomware attack.

Original story below…

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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 does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations,” FBI officials said this week. “However, when the FBI learns about intrusions, it’s customary that we offer our assistance in these matters, especially when it has such a direct impact on our community.”

Earlier this week, BCPS systems were hit with a ransomware attack that affected the computers of teachers and students alike. School officials cancelled all classes on Wednesday and advised students not to turn on their BCPS-connected devices.

“Our technology, safety and leadership teams worked through the holiday with investigators to determine how we were cyber attacked and next steps,” BCPS officials said on Friday. “We will continue communicating through our official social media accounts and the phone notification systems when we have additional guidance and information. Thanks for your understanding, grace and patience.”

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A recent audit found “significant risks” in the BCPS network, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The Baltimore County Police Department is also investigating the incident.  There has been no timeline given as to when students may return to school.

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