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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.

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