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District says no evidence of data breach from suspected attack

Austin Jackson

Decatur ISD suspects a cybersecurity attack is behind the disruptions to the school district’s internet and phone service from earlier this week.

DISD’s main server went down at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday. Since then, district officials have met with various experts to look into the cause of the issue. On Friday, DISD Director of Communications Robyn Jones released a statement indicating the investigation has pointed to a “cybersecurity incident.”

“The Decatur Independent School District experienced a suspected cybersecurity incident. At this time, we have no evidence that any data has been accessed, acquired or misused,” said Jones in the statement. “Our Technology staff is working diligently to help us return to full operations in the most expedient manner possible.  We will keep our staff, students, and community updated on this incident.  We are taking this incident very seriously as the security of our networks and the data entrusted to us is one of our highest priorities.”

DISD confirmed Friday that the district has not received any demands related to the incident.

The district’s phone system was brought back online Wednesday morning. Superintendent Chad Jones said Wednesday that DISD is working to restore its disabled network, or set up an alternative solution as the district continues to investigate the situation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.



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