Swansea School District superintendent speaks on ransomware attack

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SWANSEA, Mass. (WLNE) — Swansea School District’s superintendent made an announcement regarding a ransomware attack on the district’s network.

On Twitter Tuesday, Superintendent John Robidoux wrote that schools will be closed Wednesday.

Robidoux said within 10 minutes of the attack, Swansea Public Schools’ cybersecurity company was able to isolate the attack and shut down the network system.

The cybersecurity company and the district’s IT Department removed any viruses, worms and ransomware on the network. They also added additional security measures.

The superintendent said through further investigation, it was determined that no personal student or staff information was compromised.

Additionally, no cloud-based files or information was impacted by the attack.

“It is believed that this attack occurred due to an encrypted download that was run by someone within the district, but it is not believed to be malicious,” the superintendent said.

Swansea Public Schools will continue to train school community members in identifying phishing attacks.

School will resume on Thursday for all students.

Last week, Bristol Community College announced that its network was hacked on Dec. 23.

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