A highlight from How Hackers Hold Schools for Ransom

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America corporation earlier. This week i called up. Jessica buyer who teaches high school in baltimore county in maryland. What what are your kids studying right now. It's he's english. Throw in our eleventh grade. They're american literature and currently our our unit is about american activism because of the pandemic jessica teaches online. The kids are google meat and they file their work into an online learning management system. Right before the break we were talking about the declaration of independence were going to us a speech from brock obama tomorrow and then. My twelfth graders were on a unit about the evolution of gender roles. Jessica says this year has been a lot for her students. They come from mostly low income communities many have lost people to covid. It's felt like one hurdle after another. It's been a struggle to get a lot of kids to even engaged with online learning. Some kids just wanna do it. Some just didn't have the technology because the county wasn't able to get access to the laptops that they needed and even up to a couple of weeks ago. We're still distributing laptops to kids. He didn't have them last wednesday. It got even harder. Jessica was about to assign her seniors. The short story the yellow wallpaper to read over thanksgiving break and then i got a text from our department chair saying reclosed. Today don't access the email. Delete everything from your phone. Essentially basically everything down Jessica school and the entire baltimore county system that serves one hundred and fifteen thousand. Students had been the victim of a ransomware attack. That's when hackers break into a digital system encrypt files and demand payment to unlock them in baltimore county. That meant the learning system. School adji was down. So was the school's main digital hub. No-one could access any student work. Assignments or grades and kids teachers and parents couldn't exchange messages someone and

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