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Nampa (Idaho) district works to recover from cyberattack

Since the malware attack on Aug. 21, the district has had to re-image computers for all of its students.

The Nampa (Idaho) School District has finished re-imaging enough computers for all students in the wake of a cyberattack last month that shut down the district’s network.

The Idaho Press reports that since school district was hit with a malware attack on Aug. 21, administrators have been working to investigate the attack and re-image computers for staff and students, says district spokeswoman Kathleen Tuck.

Previously, the district distributed usable computers to all staff. Last week, high schoolers also got computers.

The district finished re-imaging computers this week for middle school students. Elementary school students use iPads, which were deemed safe to use within the first week following the attack.

The district has made less progress determining the source of the attack. Tuck says officials still don’t know where the attack came from or how much the recovery will cost.

Tuck says the district still has not been able to update students’ lunch balances; the staff has been tracking everything by hand while the network was down.

It may take up to six weeks to update everything. Some parents also have been unable to view their students’ grades on PowerSchool.

 

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