LI School District Paid Approximately $100,000 In Ransom To Hackers

Steve Burns
August 24, 2019 - 3:13 pm
School bus

iStock/Getty Images


NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A Rockville Centre school district says they paid a ransom of almost $100,000 to regain access to their files after hackers got a hold of their district's computer servers.

Superintendent William Johnson tells Newsday that the district was the subject of a ransomware attack in July, and hackers gained control of email, historical records, and everything needed for day-to-day operations. 

They decided to pay the ransom after none of the tools they had worked and the district needed to get everything back in working order for the start of the school year.

Johnson says the school's insurance covered the payment.

Officials in Mineola say Rockville Centre wasn't the only local school district to be victimized.

Their servers were hacked this summer as well, but had recently backed everything up offline.