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08/15/2022

Cedar Rapids schools pay ransom in cyberattack

The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids school district paid a ransom in hopes of keeping personal data compromised in a cyberattack last month from being released, the school superintendent has told parents.

“As part of the process to resolve this matter, CRCSD made payment to a third-party entity to ensure critical information that may have been accessed was not released,” Superintendent Noreen Bush wrote Friday in a letter to parents. “We made this decision after consulting closely with cyber security experts and legal counsel and determining it was in the best interest of our school community.”

Her letter did not disclose the amount of ransom that was paid, nor provide the name of the group that launched the attack.

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