SunCrypt Ransomware shuts down North Carolina school district


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Aug 17, 2014
A school district in North Carolina has suffered a data breach after having unencrypted files stolen during an attack by the SunCrypt Ransomware operators, BleepingComputer has discovered.
The Haywood County School district in North Carolina announced that they had suffered a ransomware attack on August 24th, 2020, but had not stated what ransomware was used.

"Our delay in restarting remote instruction is the uncertainty about the use of staff computers. We will know more when the forensic work is complete."
"We apologize for being unable to communicate as effectively as normal. Servers, Internet, and telephone services are still down in the school system. We will send another update at the end of the day," the Haywood County School District explained in their report to parents.

After performing an investigation, the Haywood Country School District states that unencrypted data was stolen during the ransomware attack.
"In announcing the ransomware attack on Monday, we wanted everyone to understand a data breach was possible. We have now confirmed a data breach occurred. We are taking every possible step to eliminate any potential harm to staff, students, and affiliates. At this point, the forensic work has not determined the extent of specific data that was stolen. We ask staff, students, and parents to monitor for any suspicious activity," the school district announced in a new update this week.