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Chester County School District servers hit with malware, precautions underway

In this May 13, 2017, file photo, a screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack, as captured by a computer user in Taiwan, is seen on a laptop in Beijing. Over the weekend, Chester County school servers were hit by ransomware but no data was stolen or breached.
In this May 13, 2017, file photo, a screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack, as captured by a computer user in Taiwan, is seen on a laptop in Beijing. Over the weekend, Chester County school servers were hit by ransomware but no data was stolen or breached. AP

Over the weekend, the Chester County School District’s servers were hit with ransomware, a type of malware that may block users from accessing their own system, according to a statement from Superintendent Angela Bain.

No data was taken or breached, the statement says.

“We are fortunate to have technology staff who have backups in place,” a district statement reads.

“We are following protocol and have notified the S.C. Department of Education. Principals have been notified and are taking precautions. We have a specialist on site to assist us today. We ask for your patience as we work to recover.”

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Amanda Harris: 803-329-4082

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