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Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks

Schools around the U.S. are fighting a wave of increasingly aggressive ransomware attacks by hackers. The U.S. Treasury Department warned last month that ransomware attacks in general have increased during the coronavirus pandemic—and districts make an especially tempting target due to their often thinly staffed technology departments and networks full of personal data.

It’s a significant new source of stress in what’s already been a difficult year, with the pandemic forcing closures, a chaotic implementation of remote learning and complicated schedules.

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