INCIDENT: Ransomware Attack Put Entire School System Out Of Operation In Haverhill, MA

Students in Haverhill, Massachusetts, returned to the classroom after a massive ransomware attack crippled the district's computer system. The Haverhill Public School District said its IT department noticed early Wednesday morning, April 7, that something was wrong with the system, shutting down the network "before large scale corruption of the system occurred." Start of in-person schooling was delayed one day because of ransomware attack. The district said that the school's entire system, including its remote learning platform, was out of operation.

It's a kind of attack that's becoming increasingly common in Massachusetts -- at least one in six communities statewide was infected by ransomware in the past, and at least 10 paid hackers taxpayer money to unlock their files, the NBC10 Boston Investigators found.

Incident Date

April 7, 2021

Location

United States

Estimated Cost

unknown

Type of Malware:

No Malware identified

Threat Source:

No threat source identified

References:

  • Haverhill Public Schools Reopen Following Massive Ransomware Attack

Industries:

Impacts

IT

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