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TRAVERSE CITY — A ransomware group is claiming responsibility for the recent network disruption that hit Traverse City Area Public Schools, according to a letter to TCAPS families from Superintendent John VanWagoner.

“We are aware … details have been shared with our investigators,” VanWagoner said.

TCAPS’ technology department on March 28 experienced a “network disruption” that “impacted the functionality and access of certain systems,” district officials said in an earlier letter to families. The district made the decision to disconnect access to the network, and closed school for an additional two days at the conclusion of spring break.

Since then the district has been working with a third-party cybersecurity firm and law enforcement to get to the root cause of the disruption.

VanWagoner in Tuesday’s letter again stressed that there were “no reports of identity theft or fraud arising out of the incident.”

“We are currently investigating whether personally identifiable information was potentially impacted,” VanWagoner said. “Should we discover individuals’ personally identifiable information was potentially impacted, we will notify those individuals directly.”

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