Janesville schools hit with ransomware attack locking digital systems

School District Of Janesville

JANESVILLE, Wis. — The School District of Janesville says it was hit with a ransomware attack over the weekend, locking students, staff and parents out of several web-based systems and programs.

In a Facebook post Monday, the district said their IT team noticed irregularities in the district’s network, and an investigation found code in the servers that appeared to be ransomware.

The district’s IT team contacted the State of Wisconsin’s Division of Enterprise Technology Cyber Response Team and the FBI and US Department of Homeland Security.

District officials say no data has been accessed or destroyed, but the cyber attack has locked the School District of Janesville servers, meaning everyone is currently locked out of systems and programs like Infinite Campus, Classlink, and web-based textbooks and resources. Google Classroom and GMail are still accessible as long as the user is not connected to SDJ WiFi sources.

School phones, security cameras, and paging systems have not been affected.

Officials say they have not received a “ransom note” indicating demands to unlock the servers at this point. The district’s IT team is continuing to work to address the situation with the support of the state Cyber Response Team.