Second Largest US Public School District in CA Hit by Ransomware Attack

October 2, 2022

INCIDENT

A cyberattack prompted an unprecedented shutdown of The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the nation. The attack sounded alarms across the country, from urgent talks with the White House and the National Security Council after the first signs of so-called ransomware were discovered late Saturday night to mandated password changes for 540,000 students and 70,000 district employees. On September 30, the Los Angeles Unified School District said that cybercriminals who targeted it with a ransomware attack plan to release some of the hacked data online. LAUSD has not disclosed the ransom demanded by the criminal organization.

UPDATE: 500GB of data that was stolen during a cyberattack against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been made public by hackers, media reports said on October 4.

Incident Date

September 5, 2022

Estimated Cost

unknown, 500GB stolen data published