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Stolen Data In Ransomware Attack May Be Posted Online: PGCPS Official | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD — School officials have disclosed that the data stolen in a recent ransomware attack could be posted online.

The Prince George’s County School System noted that it now will offer credit monitoring and identity theft protection services through Experian to those affected.

“We have worked diligently to restore our systems to operability as quickly as possible, and we are investigating the incident with outside cybersecurity and forensic specialists. However, we have learned that some personal information may be released online by those responsible for the cyber attack,” new Prince George’s County Public Schools Superintendent Millard House said in a message sent to school community members Saturday.

Patch reported that the school district’s network had been affected by a cyberattack affecting around 4,500 user accounts out of 180,000 total. Most were staff accounts.

In an interview with WTOP last week, Andrew Zuckerman, the chief information and technology officer for the school system, said officials still hadn’t pinpointed the “root cause” of the breach.

You can read House’s full statement from WJLA below:

Dear Prince George’s County Public Schools Community,

“As you may know, Prince George’s County Public Schools’ (PGCPS) systems and network were impacted by a ransomware event last week similar to those experienced by several school districts nationwide. We have worked diligently to restore our systems to operability as quickly as possible, and we are investigating the incident with outside cybersecurity and forensic specialists.

“However, we have learned that some personal information may be released online by those responsible for the cyber attack. While we now know that this may include identification details, we do not yet know the full extent of information relating to you, or to others, that may be affected. We are taking steps to perform a detailed review of all data that may have been compromised to identify any sensitive information impacted by this event. Once this work is complete, we will move as quickly as possible to notify those whose information may be affected.

“It is extremely important that we take appropriate steps to secure your confidential information. With the detailed data review expected to take several weeks, we will offer access to free credit monitoring and identity protection services through Experian, so that you can guard against potential misuse of your personal information. Enrollment information is forthcoming.

“For immediate protection, we urge you to take advantage of readily available tools, including monitoring your financial accounts and statements. If you notice anything suspicious, please contact your financial institution immediately. Please review any online applications that store sensitive information. You can find tips on safeguarding your information here.

“We truly appreciate your flexibility, patience and understanding as we work to respond to this incident carefully and appropriately. We will continue to provide updates as needed.

Sincerely,

Millard House II”

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