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FBI begins investigation of ransomware attack at Roseburg Public Schools

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The superintendent of Roseburg Public Schools has issued an update regarding the recent ransomware attack on the district's computers.

Superintendent Gerry Washburn says the district continues to recover from the attack and is making progress on restoring the systems.

The FBI has begun an investigation into the attack, Washburn said in his statement.

"The FBI reports that these types of attacks are occurring at increasingly frequent rates, targeting schools, businesses and government entities," Washburn said. "While the FBI discourages payment of sought-after ransoms, entities must make their own decisions based on cost-effectiveness and the level of damage resulting from attacks."

He says they hope to have the district website functioning by the end of the week.

I would like to thank all of our Roseburg Public Schools staff, students, and parents for their patience during this difficult time as we continue to recover from the recent ransomware attack on our computer systems.

Below is the full statement from RPS Superintendent Washburn:

We continue to make progress on restoring our systems and hope to bring this to an end soon.
Our IT staff hope to have a new platform for email functioning by the end of the week. Initially we will only be able to send and receive new emails. Email history will be available to staff on the computer they normally used to send and receive email. Once the system is up and running, IT staff will have to scan email histories to ensure they can be safely uploaded to the new email platform.
We also hope to have our website functioning again by the end of the week.
We expect to receive an update from Navigant, the company assisting with data recovery, on Thursday regarding the current status of our servers.
The FBI has begun its investigation into the attack and believes that those responsible are most likely located outside of the country. It is believed that the attack occurred through a complex method using remote desktop protocols, rather than through malware attached to a particular email sent to someone within the district.
The FBI reports that these types of attacks are occurring at increasingly frequent rates, targeting schools, businesses and government entities. While the FBI discourages payment of sought-after ransoms, entities must make their own decisions based on cost-effectiveness and the level of damage resulting from attacks.
At this time, we are not releasing specifics on how this attack is being resolved; however, a full report of the recovery process will be forthcoming.
We are grateful for the support we are receiving through the district’s insurance company as well as other agencies assisting with the data recovery process.
We will be releasing additional updates as progress is made.
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