Mitchell County Public Schools Victim of Ransomware Cyber Attack

(Press Release from Mitchell County Schools)

On Friday, March 27th, 2020, Mitchell County Public Schools learned that it was the subject of a ransomware cyber attack. The school district’s technology team immediately started assessing damages and executing safeguards to contain the attack and prevent further incidents.

The technology department also contacted the proper authorities, who are investigating the attack. Due to the nature of the investigation, Mitchell County Public Schools is not allowed to share specific details regarding the attack.

In addition to law enforcement, cyber security experts also are assisting. Also involved are the Federal Bureau of Investigation, North Carolina Department of Information Technology, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and MCNC, who the state contracts to provide internet services to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

While the cyber attack has created some inconveniences, students are still able to access Remote Learning. Mitchell County Public Schools has lost access to some documents and data, but no sensitive information has been compromised during this cyber attack. Staff has been advised not to log on to our network until further notice.

Mr. Calhoun

Superintendent MCS