Schools in one New Jersey town were closed Monday after the district shared the news of a “cybersecurity event.”
The assistant superintendent of the Freehold Township School District announced in a social post the district’s schools would be closed Monday “due to technical difficulties related to a cybersecurity event.”
The school district’s website confirmed schools were closed Monday. Around 3,500 students and eight schools were impacted by the closure.
“It’s terrible, the kids are at the loss of this, no one is winning and they really should stop it,” Cyrus Eslami, a Freehold Township parent, told NBC New York.
In an email to parents, Freehold Township’s superintendent explained that the district was enduring a cybersecurity attack and added, “We have retained outside IT expert consultants who are working around the clock to assess, contain, remediate, and fully restore operations.”
Parents found out school was canceled less than 12 hours before school was supposed to start.
Freehold has not released any details about exactly how their network was compromised.
As of Monday afternoon, the district had not announced if schools would reopen on Tuesday.