Ulrich gives update on district’s cyber attack

Nearly a week after a cyber attack shut down the phone and internet systems across the Fort Dodge Community School District, Superintendent Jesse Ulrich gave the school board an update on Monday night.

On Wednesday, phone lines and internet service in all of the district’s buildings went down as a result of a cyber attack on the district’s servers, the district said that afternoon. The restoration of those services was slow going, forcing the district to cancel school on Thursday, but by Friday, phone and internet were restored.

“Our cyber security team is currently investigating the matter and is analyzing what happened and what we can do to prevent it in the future,” Ulrich told the school board. “We have not received any evidence that student or staff personal information was compromised. At this time, the district will not be communicating any more information until the investigation is concluded due to the sensitive nature of the case.”


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