TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) – All Baltimore County public schools will be closed on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
The reason for this is a network problem caused by a cyber attack caused by ransomware – confirmed later by school officials Wednesday morning.
Mychael Dickerson said the attack caused a systemic outage in their network information systems.
Here is the latest update:
Baltimore County public schools can now confirm that we have been the victims of a Ransomeware cyber attack. This caused a systemic outage in our network information systems. Our BCPS technology team is working to remedy the situation. Available updates.
– Mychael Dickerson (@DMDForward) November 25, 2020
Baltimore County Public Schools issued this statement:
“We know he was the victim of a BCPS ransomware attack. Our IT Office works closely with them to provide technical assistance and guidance. We have no reason to believe that Baltimore County government systems have been compromised, but the county’s IT team is scrutinizing our network and all devices with caution and has put in place additional security measures. We will continue to work with BCPS to resolve the issue so that distance learning can resume as soon as possible. “
The Baltimore County Teachers Association tells parents to leave computers turned off and turn them on only when BCPS is recalled. They also said the system was infected.