Hackers were able to break into the Los Angeles Unified School District’s student information system after a huge
The district first detected unusual activity on its installation systems, which handles tenders, on Saturday evening. However, he didn’t start experiencing technical issues until late Monday night. LAUSD said none of its critical business systems such as employee healthcare or payroll were impacted. Moreover, the attack did not affect the security and emergency mechanisms used in schools in the district.
City and federal agents are still trying to determine the intent of the attack.
“We haven’t received any requests at this stage,” LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency also joined the investigation into the attack on the nation’s second-largest school district.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city faces about a billion cyberattacks each month.
“We monitor about a billion, that is with a B, a billion events and attacks per month on our own networks in the city,” Garcetti said.
The superintendent said the FBI advised him not to reveal how the breach happened.
“It was clear to us that there was an external entity, a bad actor, involved,” Carvalho said.
Cyberattacks typically occur after someone obtains stolen login credentials and uses them to infiltrate an organization’s system.
“A dark web attack occurs when a cybercriminal takes stolen login credentials, organizes them into a list, and, via software, uses those stolen login credentials to attack websites, applications, and systems in order to break into their system,” said Darren Guccione, CEO of Keeper Security, which makes cybersecurity software.
The district had all of its 70,000 employees and 540,000
“Resetting passwords only happens on the school site,” Carvalho said. “With the exception of virtual education students in our virtual academy.
Students returned to school as planned on Tuesday morning despite the ransomware attack. It disrupted access to some of the district’s computer systems, including email. As a precaution, LAUSD disabled all of its systems, which created a problem for teachers trying to access their lesson plans online.
“I think for some of the new teachers or teachers who are mostly online with instructions, it’s been a really tough day,” said LAUSD teacher Scott Whitney.