Ransomware attack hits Newhall schools, halting online classes

Ransomware attack hits Newhall schools, halting online classes

Posted September 15, 2020

Ransomware attack hits Newhall schools, halting online classes

  • A different sort of virus — ransomware — has taken down the computer system at the Newhall School District, forcing a shutdown of distance learning for some 6,000 elementary school students.
  • At about 7:30 a.m. Monday, the district shut down its servers and sent messages to parents via an emergency notification system and on Instagram that they should avoid the district website, downloads and even emails.
  • Pelzel informed parents that Monday would be treated as “a non-instructional day for all students” and that the district was working on a resolution.
  • Later that evening, the district used Instagram to announce a return to pencil, paper and textbook learning that included 180 minutes of activities for preschoolers and kindergartners, 230 minutes for first- through third-graders and 240 minutes for fourth- through sixth-graders.

– Andrew J. Campa | September 15, 2020