L.A. schools chief given rare emergency authority to deal with cyberattack

Los Angeles schools Supt. Alberto Carvalho on Tuesday received rare emergency powers to deal with the ongoing crisis caused by a massive Labor Day weekend cyberattack on the nation’s second-largest school system.

In an interview after the meeting, Carvalho revealed another element of the attack. The hackers had left behind silent, almost invisible tripwires with the potential to set off another chain of damage or compromised information, another indication of the seriousness of the breach that is under investigation by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement.

The Board of Education approved the emergency authority by the required unanimous vote. The action specifies that Carvalho for one year “may enter into any and all contracts” to obtain “materials, supplies and professional services necessary to address the emergency conditions caused by the cyber-attack.” The authority allows Carvalho to take action “without advertising or inviting bids and for any dollar amount necessary.” Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-09-13/l-a-schools-chief-to-use-emergency-authority-in-cyberattack