Confidential data of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) was released online after the hackers that hit it in early September not received their pretended ransom. The hackers had given the district until Monday to meet their demands but released the data early after LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho refused to pay the ransom. „We’re not about to enter into negotiations with that type of entity,” he said. A portion of the data appeared to contain personal identifying information, including some social security numbers.The district said Friday it is working with local and federal law enforcement.
“In partnership with law enforcement, our experts are analyzing the full extent of this data release.” In a dark web post the hackers did not give any indication about what information had been obtained or what would be published. A hotline will be available starting Monday at the LAUSD. “This hotline will assist those from our school communities who may have questions or need additional support,” Superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced. The supposed leak came as federal officials warn that ransomware attacks on US schools may increase as children return to school and cybercriminals see more extortion opportunities. The attack was the 50th this year on the US education sector. The LAUSD called the Federal Communications Commission to “immediately authorize” the use of E-Rate Program funds to strengthen the IT security infrastructure.