6. School start delayed in Connecticut

Cyberattacks have continued into the fall, forcing some K-12 administrators to delay reopening classes. Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut reported earlier this month that ransomware had forced its systems offline, requiring it to delay the educations of its approximately 18,000 students. The attack, which targeted servers inside the city government, represented “the most extensive and significant” cyberattack to hit Hartford in the last five years, officials said. But the attack could have been much worse, they added, if not for a $500,000 investment in a network defense system made last year.

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He’s reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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