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News Update

Hackers demand ransom from Los Angeles Unified

Los Angeles Unified School District has received a ransom demand from the hackers who targeted its data system and disrupted its website on Sep. 3.

Superintendent Alberto Carvalho would not disclose the amount the hackers demanded or elaborate on the data they claimed to have in their possession, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We can confirm that there was a demand made,” Carvalho told the Times. “There has been no response to the demand.”

Social security numbers and other personal employee information were not compromised in the cyberattack, according to district officials. They aren’t as certain about student information like grades, schedules and discipline records.

Hackers often threaten to post the information they claim to have obtained online if their demands aren’t met.

The district is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department and other experts and is following their guidance, according to the Times.