CHAMBERSBURG- The Chambersburg Area School District (CASD) is urging students and staff to leave all Chromebooks and iPads at home and not to log on to them, after the district was hit by a ransomware attack earlier this school year.
The district announced the attack in a statement, saying that it had been experiencing a network disruption affecting the operability of certain CASD computer systems. The district said that it was working with third-party forensic specialists to investigate the event and restore full, secure functionality to its environment.
The district did not say whether any personal or confidential information had been compromised in the attack. However, it said that it was taking the matter seriously and would continue to provide updates as more information was confirmed.
Ransomware attacks are a type of cyberattack in which hackers encrypt a victim’s data and demand a ransom payment in order to decrypt it. Ransomware attacks are often carried out by organized crime groups.
The Chambersburg Area School District is offering technical support to students and staff who need help accessing their schoolwork. The district is also providing additional security measures to protect its computer systems from future attacks.
The district said that it was grateful for the support of the community during this time.
Tips for Protecting Yourself from Ransomware Attacks
- Keep your software up to date. Software updates often include security patches that can help protect you from ransomware attacks.
- Use strong passwords and do not reuse them across different accounts.
- Be careful about what links you click on and what attachments you open. Ransomware attacks often spread through phishing emails that contain malicious links or attachments.
- Back up your data regularly. This way, if you are infected with ransomware, you can restore your data from a backup.
If you think you have been infected with ransomware, do not pay the ransom. There is no guarantee that the hackers will actually decrypt your data. Instead, contact the authorities and seek professional help.