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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 and technology systems are operating fully once again following last week's debilitating ransomware attack, officials reported Tuesday.

Swift action on the part of the district's IT department to shut down the network completely "prevented the issue from spreading," spokeswoman Arely Martin said in a statement.

"We are deeply grateful to them, our security teams, principals and our experts for their exceptional efforts over the weekend to ensure the district was fully operational when we welcomed students back to school this morning," Martin said.

"Our third-party forensic experts have confirmed that to this point we do not have evidence that any personal identifiable information for students or staff has been compromised."

It was unclear Monday what, if any, changes have been made to prevent a similar attack from happening again. Sources told The Oklahoman the district carries insurance to cover costs associated with a ransomware attack.

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.

Sources told The Oklahoman that Superintendent Sean McDaniel refused to pay a ransom. The district, however, declined to provide details, citing an ongoing law enforcement investigation.

"We cannot comment on any further details at this time," the statement read. "Many thanks to our families, staff and the community for your flexibility and patience as we worked to resolve this issue."

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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