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Baltimore County Schools Still Closed Following Cyber Attack

School continues to be out for more than 100,000 students in Baltimore County following a ransomware attack on the district’s network.

School continues to be out for more than 100,000 students in Baltimore County following a ransomware attack on the district’s network.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Superintendent Darryl L. Williams said he has no timeline for when school will resume.

School officials say an investigation into the attack is ongoing. They are working with state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.

The school system’s 115,000 students have been attending classes entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic. School officials said the attack has affected the district’s website, email system and grading system.

Schools officials said offices will be open while school remains closed.

“This provides much-needed time for our staff to continue working to set up the instructional platform and to communicate next steps regarding devices,” the school system said on social media.

A state audit released a day before the attack found “significant risks” in the computer network. The audit said that it was not adequately secured and that sensitive personal information was not properly safeguarded.

Related: Ransomware Hits Hundreds of US Schools, Local Governments: Study

Related: Hacked Websites, Hate Speech Hit Suburban Chicago Schools

Related: Clark County Schools Reports Computer Ransomware Attack

Related: Hackers Publish Public School District’s Stolen Data Online

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