Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

New Jersey School District Hit With Ransomware Attack

On Monday, schools in Livingston will start two hours late due to a ransomware attack, Bleeping Computer reports.


According to an email, obtained by Bleeping Computer, the attack occurred on November 21.

“As you know, our servers have been down since yesterday.  Today, we had an outside security company do a full assessment of our systems.  Based upon what they found, we can now confirm that our servers were hacked by an outside entity and infected with Ransomware, which is designed to encrypt data.  We are confident that this entity is NOT associated with the Livingston Community or the Livingston Public Schools,” the email read.


The school district also reported the crime to the Livingston Police Department.


Superintendent Matthew Block says other districts in the area have also been hit with similar cyber attacks.


It’s worth noting, however, that the school’s data has not been stolen.


According to the district, Livingston High School will open at 9:50 a.m., Heritage Middle School at 10:20 a.m., Mt. Pleasant Middle School at 10:35 a.m., and all elementary schools will open at 10:05 a.m.


School administrators will use the delay to make sure communication with staff is up-t0-date before students return.