The Los Angeles Unified School District has confirmed that it was hit by a ransomware attack on its IT systems over the weekend. District officials described the incident as “likely criminal in nature,” and said they were assessing the situation with law enforcement agencies. The district initially confirmed on Twitter that this was in fact a ransomware attack.
The LAUSD has over 640,000 students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, including Los Angeles county and 31 smaller municipalities. Schools are opening as scheduled on Tuesday despite “significant disruption to our system’s infrastructure,” the LAUSD said in a statement late Monday night.