Haverhill Public Schools Cancels Class While Looking Into Ransomware Attack

HAVERHILL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – It was a "snow day" for students in Haverhill Public Schools on Thursday after the school district's networks got hit with a ransomware attack.

The district was forced to shut down the network to prevent any large scale corruption of the system, prompting school officials to cancel classes for grades k through 12.

The ransomware is reportedly affecting the district's email, google and student information networks.

Haverhill Public Schools Superintendent Margarot Marotta said the district's I.T. consultants are working with Haverhill Police and Homeland Security to investigate the issue. She described the investigation as a "large task with many potential points of access."

The attack comes as students in grades 2, 3 and 4 were supposed to return to in-person learning. The missed day will be added to the end of the school year instead.

As of now there is no specific date for when students will return to class.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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