Louisiana State Police are investigating a ransomware attack against Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC).
The ransomware attack, which occurred just two days before commencement, resulted in the college server’s being shut down as a precaution.
In a memo, interim chancellor Willie Smith wrote: “The Louisiana State Police Cyber Crime Unit investigators responded immediately and collected evidence from the BRCC network, and have recently confirmed a cyber intrusion and ransomware situation.”
Representatives from the Office of Technology Services are assisting BRCC with network restoration efforts.
The college has not disclosed how much money was demanded from the college in the attack, however Smith has confirmed that it did not pay the ransom. Smith added that the college are not aware of any data loss.
“The investigation remains ongoing at this time, and the IT Department will be sharing additional information regarding cybersecurity efforts and the restoration of individuals PCs.”
Fortunately, the attack has not impacted the commencement ceremonies.
BRCC students will still be able to access their email accounts via a workaround method. However, as a result of the attack, remaining grades from last semester are to be entered manually.
According to the chief public affairs officer for Louisiana’s Community and Technical College (LCTC), Quintin Taylor, no personal information linked to staff, students or faculty has been impacted.