Taos Board approves funds to clear computers after ransomware attack

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 4/4/19

In an effort to put a ransomware attack behind them, the Taos Municipal Schools Board voted 3-0 Monday (April 1) to approve funds for a forensic company to clear the …

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Taos Board approves funds to clear computers after ransomware attack

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In an effort to put a ransomware attack behind them, the Taos Municipal Schools Board voted 3-0 Monday (April 1) to approve funds for a forensic company to clear the servers of malware.

The special meeting was called to approve funds and to get an understanding through the board of the scope of the cleanup. President James Sanborn, Vice President Mike Flores and Secretary Whitney Goler were present to approve the funds. No total amount has been determined, according to Superintendent Lillian Torrez, however they hope to have the amount soon.

Despite his yes vote, Sanborn expressed some reluctance in approving the funds to the company.

"Let's hope this works," he said after the vote.

Taos Municipal Schools was recently the victim of a cyberattack known as ransomware that affected hundreds of district computers. A ransomware attack infects the servers of a computer system and shuts down access to vital programs or information and promises the return of the control after an amount of money is paid. Taos schools' website, email and class instruction programs were shut down due to the attack. The ransomware has been resolved and, according to Torrez, no money was paid to the attackers.

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