SYRACUSE — At approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, Wawasee School Corporation was alerted to a possible ransomware attack on one of their district computers.
They immediately took action to shut down the network and began investigating the possible breach. As part of that protocol, they alerted the Indiana Department of Education and the FBI / Department of Homeland Security.
As they continued investigation, they confirmed that the corporation had been subject to a ransomware attack that impacted all of their windows-based computers, servers, and other technology systems.
This caused significant disruption to daily operations but the teachers, staff and students were great as they have adapted to the challenging circumstances.
At this time, they do not believe student and employee information and data systems are impacted as they are not located on local servers.
As we look to the future, technology staff will be working around the clock to rebuild our servers and get their systems back up and running. They anticipate that over the next several days they will continue to experience some disruptions to our internet-based systems.
There does not appear to be an impact on student Chromebooks and those should function as normal when they bring them home.
The corporation extends thanks to their dedicated technology staff as they work through this challenging situation. They also want to thank their students and Wawasee staff for being flexible and shifting plans when necessary.
They appreciate the continued support and patience as they rebuild their systems and get their network back online. They remain committed to keeping all Wawasee families informed throughout this process. Updates will be made as new information is collected.