School was canceled Tuesday and Wednesday for Centennial SD students over online network breach | Local News


GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) – There is no school Tuesday or Wednesday for nearly 6,000 students in the Centennial School District after someone hacked into the district’s online network.

District spokesperson Carol Fenstermacher told FOX 12 her IT department shut down the network as soon as they spotted the breach on Monday. The district is currently conducting a thorough investigation.

Right now, the district is working with a cybersecurity and digital forensics company to find out who the hacker is and how that person gained access to the network. The district also reported it to federal law enforcement.

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Fenstermacher says the district network contains sensitive information for students and staff, but says so far it appears they stopped the hack in time.

“At this point, none of this seems to have been consulted, but we also want to make sure that was not the case,” Fenstermacher said. “We are so sorry that has happened, we are working as fast as possible but we also want to make sure everything is protected once we bring it back online.”

This isn’t the first time hackers have arrived where they weren’t supposed to be. In 2018, Fenstermacher says two students gained access to the files. She says this current breach is different because the maintainer has penetrated the entire network.

Fenstermacher adds that the district IT department is monitoring the system, which is why they detected the breach so quickly.

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