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Broken Arrow parents still learning about ransomware attack

Posted: 4:03 PM, Aug 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-09 23:24:07-04
Broken Arrow Public Schools

BROKEN ARROW, OK (KJRH) — With just a week and a half before school begins in Broken Arrow, parents are still finding out about a ransomware attack that hit the school in late July.

Sara Jeanne is one of those parents; a mother of two BA students, she only recently heard about the attacks. She says because her children aren't on the bus route anymore, they didn't get the school's alert that the schedule would be released later than usual, which mentioned the attack. Parents say that's the only notification the school has given them that there was a cyber attack.

"It's just like, who has this data? What are they going to do with it if they do have it?" Jeanne said. "The schools have all my kids' information. They have social security numbers, address, and their school schedule - when they're coming home, when they're leaving."

School officials tell 2 Works for You there was in fact no security breach in the attack, and the school network simply experienced a security lockdown. That's why they didn't send out an alert, but they did put a post up on their website about the situation.

School officials describe the attack like someone "who comes to your house and saws off the door knobs." They can't get in or out, but neither can you. School officials say they have shipped off their hard drives to cyber analysts, and should have results back around the time school begins.

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