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Broken Arrow Public Schools suffered from a ransomware attack


This is the second occasion in last three months that a school district of Oklahoma becomes victim of ransomware attack. The officials with Broken Arrow Public School District said that they were targeted recently by a ransomware attack causing server and network issues, thereby disrupting the school district's operations.


Upon experiencing the server and network issues, the school has launched investigation on this situation as well as notified their cyber insurance carrier. In addition, the BAPS has also hired leading cybersecurity experts in order to assist the school with investigation. The investigation has revealed that the school becomes a victim of ransomware attack.


Once discovered, the school district has started the recovery efforts including enhancing security of their digital environment. The BAPS said that they places utmost importance on their network as well as system security, and the district technology experts were working diligently with the vendors so as to restore the normal operations as quickly as possible.


Besides, the school has also notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about this incident and also will provide all cooperation necessary to hold wrongdoers who are accountable.


Meanwhile, Oklahoma State Department of Education also has extended their support to school district so as to recover from this attack. Steffie Corcoran, Executive Director of Communications, said as reported by a local media that "we are aware of the ransomware incident that has affected Broken Arrow Public Schools and have offered to support the district in any way we can".


On August 2, 2019, Charlie Hannema, Public Relations Director of BAPS, said that this attack didn't affect the backup system of the school. The district said that the criminals first targeted the backup servers on many occasions before hitting main network, however in this incident the criminals were unable to gain access to the backup servers. As a result, as per the district, they didn't lose any important information.


The school officials said that they are not aware about any financial information or personal data getting leaked, and added that they don't have any plans of paying the ransom amount. They are restoring the data using backup system.


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