Tangipahoa Parish School System investigating potential cyber attack

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Published: Jul. 29, 2019 at 2:44 PM CDT
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AMITE, La. (WVUE) -AMITE—Tangipahoa Parish School System phone lines and email will be offline for the most part on Monday as a precaution after district officials discovered a potential cybersecurity issue on their network Sunday evening.

Tangipahoa School Superintendent Melissa Stilley said the issue appears to be similar to problems experienced in several district offices in North Louisiana last week.

“Three North Louisiana school districts reported last week that cyberattacks had shut down their district phone lines and locked and encrypted school system data,” Stilley explained. She added that it’s a pattern schools and local governments are seeing all too often across the country.

Last week, state officials declared a state of emergency after several North Louisiana school districts were targeted. Stilley said her office has been on a heightened alert, and over the weekend, leaders detected similar activity on our local network.

“As a precautionary measure, we have shut down the IP phone connections at all of our offices, including schools, Central Office, and our registration center so the team can mitigate any potential spread of the malware,” Stilley said. Employees and students cannot access their TangiSchools email through the district website; however, email is still accessible on personal phones and other email readers.

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