Written by The Business Journal Staff
Visalia Unified School District announced in a press release Tuesday it was the victim of a ransomware attack and is experiencing outages of their IT systems.
The press release stated many IT systems will be offline until further notice, but VUSD has reported the attack to local and federal law enforcement and is working with a cyber security company to restore normal operations.
Ransomware is a type of malware which essentially takes essential data or systems hostage until an organization pays the attackers, according to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Attackers often threaten to release or sell sensitive data if an organization refuses to pay the ransom.
VUSD is still assessing the situation and could not provide details about their attack. Classes are continuing as normal.