It has been reported that a ransomware attack hitting Las Cruces Public Schools has forced the district to shut down the entire computer system to contain the infection. Exchanging information with schools is impaired as email and other forms of computer-based communication is no longer possible at this moment. The district activated the crisis response team and is working to restore critical services. It is unclear at this point how long the systems will be down.
Commenting on the story is Javvad Malik, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4:
“In recent months, we’ve seen an increase in ransomware attacks which have been targeting specific sectors such as schools and government departments. This is a shrewd move by criminals who know that these are vital services that cannot afford prolonged outages, and can access funds to pay ransom if need be.