Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Ransomware Attack Hackers leak 500GB of Stolen Data
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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) ransomware attack, considered one of the biggest education breach lately, hackers involved have leaked nearly 500GB trove of data stolen

The Russian-speaking group that claimed responsibility for a ransomware attack last month published stolen data from the LAUSD over the weekend. The Vice Society gave an unfair October 4 deadline to pay ransom demands.

The data that was stolen and released on the dark web contains a wide range of information, including passport details,social security numbers and tax forms.

After the Vice society leaked data, they published a message that said the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) wasted their time dealing with a study instead of other urgent issues.

Vice Society claims that CISA’s advice to LAUSD to not pay ransom, while useful in preventing future victims, was wrong because 500GB of files were lost. CISA has not responded to requests for comment.

LAUSD superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho said they released stolen data in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday, and announced that there will be a new hotline starting Monday morning—(855) 926-1129 – for concerned parents and students to ask questions about the cyberattack.

Los Angeles Unified School District confirmed it would not pay a ransom demand, which remains unknown.

Los Angeles Unified School District doesn’t want to pay the ransom, even if this would guarantee the return of their data. They believe that public funds should be invested on students rather than giving in to cyber-criminals

This is the second largest district in the US. It does not know what to expect from the data release but it is working with law enforcement and will share more information when it is available.

LAUSD spokesperson Shannon Haber declined to comment beyond Friday’s statement.

Emsisoft claims that the Vice Society ransomware gang has previously attacked up to eight other U.S. school districts, colleges, and universities so far in 2022. These schools have been the subject of warnings from both CISA and the FBI due to a disproportionately high attack rate on educational institutions by this group.

Lincoln College, a private institution in Nebraska, shut down operations after a ransomware attack and is “unable to recover” at this point.

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