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Hackers Release Stolen LAUSD Data After District Refuses to Pay Ransom

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Hackers have released data stolen in a cyber attack on the Los Angeles Unified School District, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho confirmed Sunday.

“Unfortunately, as expected, data has recently been released by a criminal organization,” Carvalho said in a statement. “Working with law enforcement, our experts are analyzing the full extent of this data release.”

The data was released Saturday – two days before a UKTN previously given by the hackers – following Carvalho’s stated refusal to pay ransom to an international hacking syndicate.

The group that claimed responsibility for the cyber attack had previously set a Monday UKTN for paying the organization a ransom.

In a dark web post discovered and reprinted by Brett Callow of the cybersecurity firm Emsisoft, the Vice Society hacking syndicate listed the LAUSD as one of “our partners” and stated: “The papers will be published by 12 noon London time on October 4, 2022. hour”

... did not give any indication as to what information had been obtained or what would be published.

Carvalho previously acknowledged that the district received a ransom demand from the group responsible for the Labor Day weekend hack, which he declined to name.

“We can acknowledge … that there has been communication from this actor (hacker) and we have responded without entering into any form of negotiation,” he told reporters. “Having said that, at this point we can acknowledge … that this entity has raised a financial question. We have not responded to that question.”

He gave no details on the question.

Carvalho told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that the district would not pay the ransom or negotiate with the hackers.

“What I can tell you is that the demand – any demand – would be absurd,” he told the Times. “But this level of demand was, frankly, insulting. And we’re not going to negotiate with those kinds of entities.”

A hotline will be available from Monday 6:00 am

“This hotline will help those of our school communities who may have questions or need additional support,” said Carvalho.

The incident hotline telephone number is (855) 926-1129. Hours of operation are 6:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding major US holidays.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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