Los Angeles Unified School District hackers release data after ransom demands rejected

Hackers behind a ransomware attack on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in early September have released confidential data online after the district refused to give in to the hackers’ demands.

The district said Sunday that the “criminal organization” had released the illegally obtained data. The hackers had given the district until Monday to comply with their demands, but released the data early after LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho refused to pay the ransom, the Los Angeles Times reported.

FILE: Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Alberto Carvalho shown with LAUSD board members.

FILE: Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Alberto Carvalho shown with LAUSD board members.
(Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“What I can tell you is that the demand — any demand — would be absurd,” Carvalho told The Times. “But this level of demand was, frankly, insulting. And we’re not about to enter into negotiations with those types of entities.”

The district reiterated its pledge Friday that the dollars “must be used to fund students and education” and not “capitulate to a malicious and illegal crime syndicate.”

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LAUSD discovered the ransomware attack in early September and described it as a “significant disruption to our system’s infrastructure.”

The full extent of the release remains unclear. The district said Friday it is working with local and federal law enforcement.

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LAUSD said it will have a hotline available starting Monday to help those from its school community who have questions or need additional support.

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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