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Baltimore County public schools closed after ransomware attack

 

A view of downtown Baltimore. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 2:00 PM PT – Sunday, November 29, 2020

On Saturday, Baltimore County Public School District took to Twitter to state that schools would be closed Monday and Tuesday due to a recent ransomware attack.

According to reports, the district’s remote learning program, website, email and grading systems were all targeted in the attack.

Officials said they decided to close all schools and offices in order to assess and limit the impact of the attack.

“We’ve been investigating this from late last night throughout the day with multiple partners,” Superintendent Darryl Williams said. “In the size of our system, we are still ascertaining how much impact we really have.”

According to the county, free student meals would still be available at more than 300 locations on Monday and Wednesday.

The district IT team is working to get the schools back online while they collaborate with local police to investigate the attack.

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