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New Kent County Public Schools suffered from a ransomware attack


New Kent County Public Schools has suffered from a ransomware attack that encrypted nearly the schools' whole computer system, and demand payment for unlocking them. Ransomware is a kind of virus, which encrypts the computer's files and demand payment -- usually in digital currency Bitcoin -- for getting them unlocked.

This ransomware has encrypted the files as well as documents located on internal hard drives of school, thus disabling access to the important files along with data. As reported by local media outlet, Brian J. Nichols, superintendent of the school district, said that "we cannot access many of the documents and data the faculty and staff have created, and this will cause an undue burden as we work to start school on time and ready for our students to learn".


Nichols said that they have been working day and night, so as to rebuild their systems. He added that they have also hired cybersecurity experts as well as a technical team for investigating this incident and bring them back online. In addition, the school has reported this incident to FBI as well as is working with the federal law enforcement.


The superintendent of the school district further said that "at this time, we do not believe any personal identifying information was taken by the cyber criminals. As we work to rebuild our systems, we ask for your patience".


In the meantime, superintendent of the school district said that the New Kent County Public Schools will open right on time as well as open house events of the district will continue as per their schedule. Nichols also said that "we will work through our registration process and our bus routing. We will make sure our students are scheduled for their classes the first day of school".


To ensure that private information is safe from cyber attacks, it is recommended that all the businesses and school systems should do the following: must ensure that their passwords are long as well as complicated; must invest in the next-generation antivirus software along with threat protection agents; and make sure that their is complete backup of files.


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