#Privacy: Schools within Contra Costa County hit by ransomware attack

A ransomware attack has left schools in the Pittsburg Unified School District without internet access following an attack over the winter break. 

Schools across the Pittsburg Unified School District are still recovering from a ransomware attack that has forced staff to teach using the old-fashioned way. 

Superintendent Janet Schulze, wrote on social media: “We will be teaching and learning like ‘back in the day,’ without laptops and internet. Our schools have access to student information and our phones are working.”

All schools within the district were back open and Tuesday, with Highlands Elementary operating as normal on Monday. 

According to The Mercury News, the district took down all servers that were impacted and servers that were potentially attacked. 

Schulze noted that there has been no indication that personal data has been compromised. 

“We are continuing to investigate and work with a cybersecurity team and experts. Since the investigation is continuing, complete findings are not available and it is still too early for us to provide further details.”

The district is working alongside two external information technology firms and lawyers who specialise in ransomware attacks to resolve the incident. 

This is the latest incident to take place on the Contra Costa County system since 2020 began. On January 3, an attack on the Contra Costa County Library System resulted in some of its systems being taken down, to which 26 branches were impacted. 

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