Fairfax County Schools Respond To Hacking

Maria Leaf

WASHINGTON– Virginia’s largest school system has been hacked and the attackers are seeking a ransom payment to keep them from disclosing stolen personal information.

“We currently believe we may have been victimized by cyber criminals who have been connected to dozens of ransomware attacks in other school systems and corporations worldwide,” The Fairfax County Public Schools said in a statement.

The district says it’s working with the FBI and has “retained leading security experts to help us determine the nature and scope of the incident and recover from the situation”.

At this point, it’s unclear how many students and staff may have been impacted by the breach and what information the hackers have.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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