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Ransomware attack freezes Roseburg Public Schools computers

(SBG photo/Ashley Force)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A computer ransomware attack froze access to email, websites and software at Roseburg Public Schools on Monday, the superintendent said.

Personal student, family and staff information does not appear to have "been stolen or compromised," Superintendent Gerry Washburn said in a statement.

The district discovered the attack on Monday morning.

"We are taking steps in accordance with district procedure to neutralize this attack, and our IT personnel are working to restore encrypted files," Washburn said. "Law enforcement has been contacted and is assisting with the investigation."

Washburn declined to "release specific details about the attack, such as the ransomware variant or the ransom demand, due to the ongoing investigation."

Here is the complete text of the superintendent's message:

On Monday morning, we discovered that the Roseburg Public Schools computer system had been affected by a computer ransomware attack that has frozen access to our email system, website, and business and accounting software.
We are taking steps in accordance with district procedure to neutralize this attack, and our IT personnel are working to restore encrypted files. Law enforcement has been contacted and is assisting with the investigation.
At this time, we cannot release specific details about the attack, such as the ransomware variant or the ransom demand, due to the ongoing investigation.
It does not appear that personal student, parent or staff information has been stolen or compromised.
We are making every effort to ensure that our systems are brought back on line and to minimize disruption to our schools. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Gerry Washburn
Roseburg Public Schools superintendent
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