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This classroom in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is one of many that underwent modernization. (Photo courtesy of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District)

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is working to restore services after an apparent cybersecurity attack, officials said.

The hack occurred on April 12, when around 7:30 a.m., the district’s Network and Computer.Services Department experienced a network disruption, the district said in a statement from Superintendent Alfonso Jimenez and John Lovato, assistant superintendent, human resources.

It was unclear the scope of what officials said was a “potential cybersecurity incident.” Nor was it clear if there was a ransom demand or if sensitive files had been breached. A spokesperson said the district has yet to release more information, beyond a statement saying a breach may have occurred.

The district did say that “immediate action” has been taken to restore services, which could take several days.

“Our dedicated network team, including cybersecurity experts, will be working tirelessly throughout the weekend to minimize the impact on our students and staff,” according to the district’s statement last week. “We deeply understand the inconvenience this outage has caused our dedicated staff, administration, and families. We truly appreciate your patience and support as we diligently work to restore normal operations.”

Officials said when more information is received, it will notify staff and families on next steps.

The district, based in the City of Industry, offers kindergarten through 12th grade enrollment to more than 22,000 students who live within its boundaries  — the cities of Industry and La Puente, and the unincorporated Los Angeles County areas of Hacienda Heights and Valinda.

This classroom in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is one of many that underwent modernization. (Photo courtesy of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District)
A classroom in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. (Photo courtesy of Hacienda La Puente Unified School District)

Since a White House conference in August on ransomware threats, dozens of school districts have signed up for free cybersecurity services, and federal officials have hosted exercises with schools to help them learn how to better secure their networks, said Anne Neuberger, the Biden’s administration’s deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology.

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