Huntsville City Schools in Alabama will remain closed for the week amid a ransomware cyberattack. According to a statement from the school district, the investigation is ongoing and the district is working with authorities. This comes after a massive cyber attack shut down all learning today, both in-person and virtual.
According to a school spokesperson the district immediately responded after finding out about the breach. They partnered with Huntsville Police and the FBI to investigate, while students were sent home on Monday.
In an update, Huntsville City Schools told all students and staff to log off and turn off any district devices and not to sign in in the coming days. They also reminded parents and staff that "Families will not receive any district correspondence requesting their student’s name or personal information. HCS encourages families to be extremely cautious in sharing personal information with anyone. Avoid opening any emails and do not click on any links from unfamiliar email accounts."
Spokesperson Craig Williams said. “We want to do everything we can from mitigation standpoint to minimize the attack.”