BCPS targeted in cyber threat

BCPS targeted in cyber threat
Posted on 03/09/2020
Morganton, NC – Monday, March 9, 2020

On the evening of Sunday, March 8, 2020, Burke County Public Schools learned that it was the subject of a ransomware cyber attack. The school district’s technology team immediately started assessing damages and executing safeguards to contain the attack and prevent further incidents. The technology department also contacted the proper authorities, who are investigating the attack. Due to the nature of the investigation, Burke County Public Schools is not allowed to share specific details regarding the attack. In addition to law enforcement, cyber security experts also are assisting. Also involved are the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and MCNC, who the state contracts to provide internet services to K-12 schools, colleges and universities. While the cyber attack has created some inconveniences, students are in the classrooms continuing to learn. Burke County Public Schools has lost access to some documents and data, but no sensitive information has been compromised during this cyber attack. Students and staff have been advised not to log on to devices at schools or district offices until further notice.
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