Info Leaked in Louisiana School District Cyberattack

In early August of 2023, Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish School District reported it fell victim to a ransomware attack.

Originally the school district reported no sensitive information was compromised, then a few months later cyber criminals leaked more than 200,000 files containing personal information on students, teachers, and local business owners.

After St. Landry Parish refused to pay a $1 million ransom, files began being distributed on Telegram containing health records, Social Security numbers, tax records, dates of birth, home addresses, parents’ phone numbers, and even login credentials for district systems.

The attack is just the latest in an upward trend or attacks over the last few years.

As reported on by Infosecurity Magazine, nearly half of all ransomware attacks now target small schools and municipalities.

Ransomware attacks on the national education sector have surged by 80% in the past year alone, according to the Institute for Security and Technology.

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