So if you click on something that you shouldn't or didn't know about it can immediately load that onto your system, and if you don't have the right virus protection, or malware protection, it will get right through and just kind of live on the machine. It may lay dormant for a while before it activates itself, and starts doing crazy stuff. This seems like something that probably, hopefully should have been caught and now this is the repercussions of that. They are going to have to go in and rebuild all of these machines, all of these servers to get rid of it because once it is embedded in the system, it is really rough getting it out. Now, I think they are just doing everything they can to get rid of it. It is not a small deal, but it is rectifiable. It always is.Three days after the infection occurred, the school's administrative office received reports of machines not being able to connect to the school's network. This prompted officials on 19 December to order that teachers and staff leave their computers behind during the winter break. The school district then worked to try to clean up the virus over the holidays. Rockingham County School District's administration has said the malware attack didn't expose any data. https://twitter.com/EricaReportsAll/status/948255757216239616 Kacey Sensenich, CTO at the district, rearticulated those thoughts for Greensboro News & Record:
There is no concern when it comes to financial data in Rockingham County Schools. That is all secure. None of that was compromised. The worst thing that we've had happen is it was able to grab people's email and their login information and then re-spam out. We asked people to change their password. …As far as data, personnel records, all those horror stories you have, at this time we have no evidence of that [being compromised] and the security team is helping validate for us.The $314,000 contract will cover the costs of rebuilding 20 of the school district's severs. Even so, Rockingham will need to also pay for the replacement of teacher devices affected by the malware. Superintendent Dr. Rodney Shotwell says that amount could be as much as $834,000. News of this attack follows several months after ransomware attackers demanded $19,000 from a California school district for a decryption key that would unlock its encrypted data.