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Toledo Public Schools admits district suffered ransomware attack

Toledo Blade |

Toledo Public Schools officials reversed course Thursday and admitted the district was the victim of a ransomware attack after officials for weeks said they were unaware of anyone demanding a ransom payment in connection with a computer disruption on the first day of school.

Concerns about a data breach at TPS publicly surfaced on Oct. 16 in an article posted by a website called DataBreaches.net. The website’s report claimed hackers obtained from TPS sensitive information — including student dates of birth and Social Security numbers, as well as staff addresses — and then posted that information online, which is a common outcome of ransomware attacks when the victim does not pay.

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