Hackers release 500GB of data stolen in LA school district ransomware attack

The ransomware attack on the Los Angeles Unified School District got even worse. TechCrunch reports that the group credited with the robbery, Vice Society, released a 500GB cache of data from the breach in early September. The collection includes extremely sensitive details such as social security numbers, bank account information and health records, which extend to students’ psychological profiles.

The Vice Society had given LAUSD until October 4 to pay the ransom. It’s not clear what prompted the hackers to release the data a day early, but they claimed that the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) was “wasting our time” and was “wrong” in telling the district that he should reject the blackmail attempt. CISA, the FBI, and other agencies have advised ransomware victims in the past to refuse to pay, as doing so merely encourages hackers to look for additional targets and does not guarantee that the data will be recovered.

LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has announced the establishment of a hotline at 855-926-1129 to support parents and staff affected by the hack. It is available between 6:00am and 3:30pm Pacific Time Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

The school district is still recovering and hopes to achieve “full operational stability” for key technology services. The data leak could still pose a serious risk to students and their families through potential scams and other data breaches. To some extent, however, LAUSD escapes the worst possible harm. Lincoln College was shut down entirely as the combination of ransomware and a pandemic-related enrollment shortage made it financially impossible to continue.

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