Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) disclosed that they have fallen victim to a ransomware attack over the Labor Day weekend. The second largest school district in the country, LAUSD enrolls over 640,000 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. LAUSD said in a statement they have reported the incident to law enforcement and they are cooperating with federal agencies to resolve the issue. The school district said some services are currently offline while they continue to investigate, but schools should remain open. In November, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were urged to strengthen cybersecurity protections at K-12 schools nationwide to keep up with a massive and ongoing wave of attacks. The call for action came from U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan, Kyrsten Sinema, Jacky Rosen, and Chris Van Hollen after a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report assessing the Education Department’s current plan for addressing K-12 school threats (issued in 2010) to be significantly outdated and focusing on mitigating physical threats.
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