RASD works with Homeland Security on ransomware infection of the computer system

Staff Writer

Heather A. McMahon-Vargas, superintendent of the Ridgway Area School District, spoke to the Ridgway Area School District Governing Board on Tuesday evening regarding the recent hit the district took, along with many other entities, by a computer virus.
McMahon-Vargas announced that the district was hit with a virus on Tuesday, July 30. This was a ransomware virus. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts the files on a user’s device or a network’s storage devices. To restore access to the encrypted files, the user must pay a “ransom” to the cybercriminals, typically through a tough-to-trace electronic payment method such as Bitcoin.
The virus that struck RASD encrypted network servers and files, limiting access to users. McMahon-Vargas was pleased to announce that no personally identifiable or confidential data was accessed, extracted, breached or encrypted. The student information system and the parent portal were not affected.