The systems of one of the largest school districts in the United States were hacked by cybercriminals who encrypted the data and made a bizarre $ 40 million ransom request to release the data. The hackers said that if the amount is not paid, the personal information of students and school staff will be published on the dark web.
In the United States, school districts are responsible for the administration of all public schools in a given region.
According to a statement from the Florida district, the group of hackers behind the attack is known as Conti. They took over the attack on March 26 and started negotiating with school representatives.
“We have no intention of paying the ransom,” the school district said on Wednesday (07) in a press release.
With more than 270,000 students, the district is the sixth largest in the United States, with an annual budget of around $ 4 billion – a fact that hackers should know, as in ransowmare attacks, criminals often make requests for settlement. with the victim’s profile.
The ransomware caused a brief break in school district systems in early March, but classes were not interrupted.
Public school districts have been a frequent target for ransomware attacks worldwide.
Overall, ransomware attacks have already paralyzed 1,681 schools in the U.S., as well as colleges and universities. In all, seven districts in the country have already had theirs published on the darkweb.