Tennessee school impacted by ransomware

published: Aug. 17, 2023

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The K-12 school in Cleveland, Tennessee, reported a ransomware attack that began on Tuesday, 15th of August.

This attack impacted a portion of the network's devices but the majority of devices used by students, faculty, and staff remained unaffected. The attack occurred shortly after Prince George's County Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in the US, disclosed a cyberattack on its network.

Cleveland City Schools emphasized that they would continue in-person classes without disruption. No student or faculty data had been accessed during the attack. Local authorities, including the Cleveland City Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security, have become involved in the investigation.

The strategic timing of ransomware attacks, often coinciding with crucial periods for schools like the beginning or end of the academic year, aims to pressure institutions into paying ransoms due to their reliance on technology. It's noteworthy that ransomware attacks on schools can have long lasting consequences, as some incidents have led to the exposure of sensitive mental health records and personal information of students.

Tennessee school impacted by ransomware