Hacker Claims to Have Davenport Schools Data, Threatening Release of Information
A recent cyber attack on the Davenport Community School District apparently resulted in the theft of a large collection of student and other district data and information.
The group responsible for the attack, known as Karakurt, claims to have stolen 845gb of data from the Davenport Community School District.
According to Sioux City Journal, the group posted online, writing "In this release, we will show you 845 GB of their data, which include a giant, massive array of student's personal information."
The district's email system has suffered disruptions this week, meaning there's a possibility of internal communications about the possible threat couldn't be shared between staff members.
In September, the district officials acknowledged that there had been a breach in the system, but by the end of the month they had said they had beaten the cyber attack, and no demand of ransom had been made and found no evidence of compromised data.
"Davenport Community Schools learned that the incident potentially impacted personal information belonging to certain current/former employees," the district said in a statement. "Since then, Davenport Community Schools has been working diligently to identify contact information necessary to provide notification of the incident to potentially impacted individuals and to provide resources, including credit and dark-web monitoring services to assist them."
Brett Callow, a threat analyst with Emsisoft, told Sioux City Journal, said groups like Karakurt will work with other groups.
“They’ll have had access to the network, possibly for some time, and then will have stolen data," Callow said. "The data they may have stolen could include insurance policies, so they possibly know how much coverage the district has and how much it could potentially pay for ransom."
This story is still developing, more details will be available soon.
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