Crab Orchard School Computers Hacked

Oct 25, 2017

Some of the nation’s largest school districts have reported computers being hacked.

These attacks are also happening closer to home.

Derek Hutchins is the superintendent of Crab Orchard Schools. It's a district of only 530 students, east of Marion.  So he was surprised last week when his tech support guy showed up in his office with big news. 

"He said, 'You'll never guess what's going on today.' I said, 'No clue.' He said, 'We're trying to get hacked.' I said what do you mean? He said, 'We've been hit in the last two hours with about 14,000 attacks trying to get through our firewall.' The majority of them were from North Korea and Russia. So that's, that tells me they're just fishing. They're trying to find, you know, ways that they can get into our system."

He says one person opened a phishing email and received a ransom request, but because the district backs up each computer daily, staff simply wiped that machine and restored it.​