RPS 205 says it will keep details of Ransomware attack limited

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ROCKFORD(WREX)—Rockford Public School district says it will not release a lot of new information regarding the Ransomware attack to prevent more issues.

The Ransomware hit the district sometime in September, forcing RPS 205 to shut down all electronic systems including computers, phones and emails.

Typically whoever’s behind the ransomware gives the access back once a ransom is paid.

13 News asked the district how much these hackers are demanding and it would not say.

But Superintendet Ehren Jarrett did say that back on August 13th, the school board approved a $44,000 payment to switch companies involving their email archives.

This switch was made because of a ransomware attack back in July.

Jarrett says no money was attached to that attack.

The superintendent also said RPS is doing everything it can to fix this issue.

“We have what I believe a really really strong effort coming from our ITS Department to ensure that any resource that is available, we are diving into to help us address this as quickly as possible so that our classroom environment are at full capacity as soon as we can get them there,” said Jarrett.

RPS says it will continue to update staff and parents as often as possible.

Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker

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