Ransomware hackers release data from Los Angeles school district

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According to school officials, ransomware hackers uploaded confidential LAUSD material on the dark web on Sunday.

The information was leaked ahead of the district's deadline to pay the hackers a ransom to keep it secret, but Superintendent Alberto Carvalho pledged the district would not comply.

A hotline for community members with inquiries regarding the breach and requests for more assistance has been set up by the school system.

The district, according to Carvalho, decided against paying the ransom since there was no assurance that all the material would be returned and because doing so would simply serve to promote future ransomware attacks.

According to school officials, ransomware hackers uploaded confidential LAUSD material on the dark web on Sunday.

Attacks using ransomware are getting increasingly frequent. Albuquerque's schools were closed for two days in January as a result of a ransomware extortion attack.

Following the hacking of the Los Angeles school, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a warning to other significant school districts about the risk of ransomware attacks.

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