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Northern Virginia school system hacked, data held for ransom

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Posted at 8:57 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 20:59:29-04

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Virginia’s largest school system has been hacked and the attackers are seeking a ransom payment to keep them from disclosing stolen personal information.

WRC-TV in Washington reports that the internet hacking group Maze posted some of the data stolen from Fairfax County Public Schools, including student disciplinary records and grades, to prove its hack was successful.

The school system confirmed the hack and said it is investigating and working with law enforcement.

Unrelated, the school system reported it experienced technical difficulties Friday as students completed the first week of online schooling.

The school system blamed the problems on internet provider Verizon, but Verizon said it did not experience any service outages.