Investigations Underway After LAUSD Cyber Attack

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating a cyber attack against the Los Angeles Unified School District, which left hundreds of thousands of students exposed.

The attack was discovered Saturday at 10:30 p.m. Hackers used a “ransomware tool that temporarily disabled systems, froze others and had access to some degree of data.” All systems were immediately shut down by the district to prevent further damage. No ransom demand was made. 

According to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, the attack may have come from a foreign country.

“I’m not going to get into much detail, but there are three nations that investigators have traced some degree of trail to,” Carvalho said. “But that doesn’t necessarily indicate that’s where the attack came from.”

Officials believe information for 400,000 students was put at risk during the cyber attack. 

Read details of the attack at the Los Angeles Times