A ransomware attack against Las Cruces, New Mexico's public school system has shut down computers and networks across the district. School district IT teams reportedly reacted quickly, shutting down all computers immediately after detecting the attack at 0700 on October 29. According to the district, no student data is believed to have been compromised.
Computer systems currently remain shut down as IT staff evaluate the extent of the damage and develop a remediation plan.
According to EmsiSoft, the first nine months of 2019 saw ransomware attacks against 621 government entities; healthcare service providers; and school districts, colleges and universities. That number includes at least 62 educations institution incidents involving more than 1,000 individual schools.