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Roseburg school district continues work to repair servers after ransomware attack

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg Public Schools is continuing efforts to resolve the recent ransomware attack that has affected its computer systems, the district said in a news release Wednesday morning.

The school district is working with the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center to rebuild and de-crypt server files that were targeted by ransomware software over the weekend. The software targeted the district’s servers as well as its backup files.

The district has been able to rebuild its Visions software used for payroll and bill-paying, and expects after security testing to have it running again Wednesday.

The district’s website and email platform remains down. The student information system that includes personal student information has not been impacted and is operating normally.

“It is too soon to tell when this issue will be fully resolved,” said Superintendent Gerry Washburn. “We are making every effort to repair the damage that has been done and to find alternatives that we can use in the meantime. We appreciate the public’s patience as we resolve this issue.”

Alternative methods for communicating among staff are also being established while the district’s email system is not functioning. At this point in time, parents will need to call or come to schools to communicate information regarding their students.

Staff will also ensure that state assessment testing is not interrupted and that students preparing to graduate have access to all necessary resources.

The school board meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. today at the RPS office will be held as planned.

The district has been advised not to consider paying the ransom sought by the malicious software out of concern that the district’s systems could sustain additional damage. Further details on the ransomware will not be released at this time, the news release stated.

“We plan to exhaust all other options to avoid participating in this illegal attack,” Washburn said. “Our priority is securing the district’s computer systems so that our teachers, staff and students can again focus on learning.”

The district is reviewing computer and data security procedures to determine how to prevent future attacks.

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