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Haywood County Schools Paralyzed By Ransomware Attack

Haywood County School – forced to close, but not because of COVID-19. A computer ransomware attack left the school district paralyzed on Monday, so the district quickly moved everything to a Teacher Optional Work Day. There will also be no school Wednesday. The district says it received a virus message in an email that contained an attachment that was accidentally opened by someone in the system. The hackers reportedly are demanding money in order to unfreeze the district’s files. Some districts around the nation that this has happened to have actually paid money in order to get their computer system up and running, but Superintendent Bill Nolte said he has no intention of doing that.

Andy Rogers

Andy has worked in broadcasting around Western North Carolina over the last 17 years. He serves as the Operations Manager and Program Director for WRGC and WBHN. “I’ve been with the crew here at Five Forty Broadcasting since the idea of bringing the station back to Jackson County at 540-AM. I feel a personal connection with community radio and the area”. In the past, Andy has worked with iHeart Media and Sky Country Broadcasting. He resides in Haywood County.
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