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Baltimore County faculties to stay closed Monday, Tuesday resulting from ransomware

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Saturday, November 28, 2020
WBAL-TV 11

Due to the ransomware cyberattack, Baltimore County Public Schools will be closed for students Monday and Tuesday.

BCPS offices will be open and staff will receive additional information about Monday and Tuesday.

(1/3) Due to the recent ransomware attack, Baltimore County Public Schools will be closed for students on Monday, November 30, and Tuesday, December 1. BCPS offices will be open and staff will receive additional information about Monday and Tuesday.

— Baltimore County Public Schools (@BaltCoPS) November 28, 2020

The ransomware cyberattack, which the BCPS information technology department discovered late Tuesday night, impacted the district’s website, email and grading system. It forced school offices to close Wednesday.

“This provides much-needed time for our staff to continue working to set up the instructional platform and to communicate next steps regarding devices,” the district tweeted. “We understand how challenging this situation is for families and staff, and we thank you for your patience as we work through this crisis.”

Free student meals will be available at more than 300 locations as usual on Monday and Wednesday, including all middle and high schools.

On Friday, the 11 News I-Team reported that Maryland state auditors found significant risks within the BCPS computer network. The Office of Legislative Audits released the findings just days before a ransomware cyberattack struck the district’s network.

Auditors said BCPS did not adequately secure sensitive personal information. The system had 26 publicly accessible servers and intrusion detection prevention system coverage did not exist for untrusted traffic.

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