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Alleghany County Schools hit with Ransomeware

On Monday morning March 16, 2020, Alleghany County Public Schools learned that it was the subject of a ransomware cyber attack. The school district’s technology team immediately started assessing damages and executing safeguards to contain the attack and prevent further incidents. The technology department also contacted the proper authorities, who are investigating the attack. In addition to law enforcement, cyber security experts also are assisting. Also involved are the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, FBI and MCNC, who the state contracts to provide internet services to K-12  schools, colleges and universities. While the cyber attack has created some inconveniences, students are still able to do online learning during the COVID-19 shutdown. Alleghany County Schools have lost access to some documents and data, but no sensitive information has been compromised during this cyber attack. We are into the restorative process at this time and are cooperating with all of the above agencies on their investigation.  Due to that investigation, we are not able to share information about the attack. To the extent that we can, we will continue to keep you informed about our process.