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Ransomware Hackers Hit Los Angeles School District

  • Classes expected to open on schedule, despite weekend breach
  • The incident was ‘likely criminal in nature,’ officials say
Students exit Hollywood High School after the first day of school in Los Angeles.

Students exit Hollywood High School after the first day of school in Los Angeles.

Photographer: Bing Guan/Bloomberg

The Los Angeles Unified School District was the victim of a data breach over the weekend, but schools were scheduled to open on Tuesday.

The nation’s second-largest school district identified unusual activity in its information technology systems over the weekend and later confirmed that it was targeted by a ransomware attack, according to a statement. Some business operations may be delayed, but school officials said they didn’t expect major issues with providing instruction, transportation or food. Officials didn’t disclose if there was an extortion demand from the hackers responsible.