Fairfax County schools hit by Maze ransomware, student data leaked

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Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the 10th largest school division in the US, was recently hit by ransomware according to an official statement published on Friday evening.
The school district is also the largest in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and it has a budget of $3.1 billion approved for 2021.

FCPS has over 188,000 current students and approximately 25,000 full-time employees working in 198 schools and centers within the U.S. commonwealth of Virginia.

FBI involved in the ongoing investigation
At the moment the exact date when the ransomware impacted FCPS's network is not yet known but the school district says that it collaborating with the FBI to determine what ransomware gang is behind the attack.

"FCPS recently learned that ransomware was placed on some of our technology systems. We are taking this matter very seriously and are working diligently to address the issue," the statement reads.

"We currently believe we may have been victimized by cyber criminals who have been connected to dozens of ransomware attacks in other school systems and corporations worldwide."
 
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“We are working around the clock to identify the information that was taken and will notify impacted individuals as appropriate,” he wrote.
School district spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said officials believe “only a subset of individuals, including a limited number of students” were affected by the ransomware attack. Caldwell said the district will offer free credit-monitoring services to all district employees and their spouses and any others who were affected.
 
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