LAUSD courses continue after cyber attack as users continue to experience difficulties accessing systems

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles Unified classes resumed Tuesday as the district continued to recover and investigate from a cyberattack that hit its systems over the weekend.

County officials said the ransomware attack was first spotted by an employee on Saturday night.

As they struggled to diagnose the nature of the attack, systems were shut down as a precaution. The LAPD was contacted, and federal agencies later got involved, including the FBI and Homeland Security. Officers spent the next 48 hours investigating and responding.

Users – including parents and students – have been denied access to the system. The district didn’t officially notify the community until late Monday evening, despite users reporting access issues for a day or two earlier.

Many students and teachers on Tuesday reported continued difficulties accessing the system, but officials said it was simply due to the large number of people having to log in and reset their passwords at the same time.

“Hundreds of thousands of people are trying to reset their passwords at the same time – there are some delays,” said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

Officials said the system under attack relates to district facilities and much of the information available there is public. At this time there is no evidence that social security numbers or similar personal information was compromised.

Cybersecurity experts say if sensitive data was indeed accessed, it could be sold on the dark web.

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Laura Coffey

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