The computer system of one of the largest school districts in the country was hacked by a criminal gang that encrypted district data and demanded $ 40 million (about Rs 293 crore) in ransom or it would erase files and students. And will post personal information of employees online.

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Broward County Public Schools said in a statement Thursday that there is no indication that any personal information has been stolen and that it has not made any forcible payments to the Ransomware gang, which last week as an explicit pressure tactic for the district. Posted screenshots of their online talks with. For your site on the dark web.

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The Fort Lauderdale-based district said it is working with cybersecurity experts “to investigate the incident and rebuild the affected systems.” Efforts to restore all systems are underway and progressing well. We have no intention of giving ransom. “According to the hackers’ screenshots, the district offered to pay $ 500,000 () after two weeks, on which the ransomware offenders apparently ended negotiations.

The district declined further comment outside its statement. With 271,000 students, Broward is the sixth-largest school district in the country with an annual budget of about $ 4 billion (about 23,900), a fact that hackers kept returning because they paid $ 40 million (about Rs 293 crore) Was, which was to be paid. Cryptocurrency. Ransomware shut down the district’s computer system in early March, but classes were not interrupted.

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“That’s a potential amount for you,” the Conti gang said in its conversation with a district officer, whose name does not appear in the screenshot and has not been released. Its data-locking malware is one of the top 10 strains of ransomware.

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“This is a public school district,” replied the Broward negotiator. “You can’t possibly think that we have anything close to this!” It was not clear whether the representative was a district employee or, as is often the case, a hired negotiator.

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