Connecticut school district cancels in-person and online learning after ransomware attack


HARTFORD, Conn. (NewsNation Now)­ — Hours before the first day of school began, all classes were canceled in Hartford, Connecticut, following a ransomware attack.

The cancellation impacts online and in-person learning. The school district explained that the ransomware virus knocked offline the communication program that the bus system uses to transport students, along with other critical systems.

Hartford Public Schools notified parents of the ransomware attacks in an early morning email.

The school district said the postponement was necessary because they are not sure when the critical systems will be back online. The district didn’t announce a new first day of classes in their note to parents.

Miami-Dade County was also the recent victim of a cyber-attack on their first day. The fourth largest school district had network issues for days as a result. A 16-year-old was ultimately arrested, and the Miami-Dade Chief of Police said others may have been involved in the attack.

Several other Connecticut school districts also resumed classes Tuesday, but those have not been impacted by a ransomware attack.

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