LAUSD’s cyberattack a ‘wake-up’ call to secure its online systems, officials say

Some parents, staff criticize district’s response on weekend, but LAUSD says it’s working with law enforcement and plans to improve its IT

The investigation into the cyberattack that prompted the Los Angeles Unified School District to disable all of its computer systems over the weekend is expected to be lengthy and involve multiple law enforcement agencies including the FBI, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 6, highlighting the gravity of the situation.

LAUSD personnel first noticed “unusual activity” in its Information Technology systems around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and worked to immediately notify law enforcement and shut down the district’s computer systems, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said during a news conference Tuesday.

The ransomware that was used temporarily disabled some LAUSD systems, froze others and gave the attacker or attackers “access to some degree of data,” he said. Click here to read more: