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Malware takes down OKC school district's computer network

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The OKC school district's computer network is back online after a malware attack, officials said. [AP photo]
The OKC school district's computer network is back online after a malware attack, officials said. [AP photo]

Oklahoma City Public Schools’ computer network has been “significantly compromised” by a form of malware, district officials reported Monday afternoon.

“Although our IT Services Team has been hard at work all day, this issue is continuing to worsen,” spokeswoman Arely Martin said Monday in a statement.

“To help limit our exposure, the district has decided to shut down the OKCPS network completely at 4 p.m. today, meaning we will have no access to email.”

Martin said the network could be shut down for several days.

The district does not plan to cancel classes Tuesday, Martin said.

Superintendent Sean McDaniel encouraged all staff to prepare for essential activities such as taking student attendance using a paper process and for lesson plans that do not rely on technology.

The district has identified the program as ransomware, an official said.Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware, designed to deny access to a computer system or data until a ransom is paid. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website.

Tim Willert

Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers K-12 education, including Oklahoma City Public Schools and the state Education Department. Before that he covered district, federal and appellate courts in Oklahoma County. Prior... Read more ›

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