WTVO reports: On Wednesday, Rockford Public Schools shared details about a devastating cyber attack the district suffered in September. The district continues to recover from the ransomware attack, a computer-based attack in which hackers install software on a remote computer system that encrypts files so the owners cannot access them without paying a ransom. According to a post on the RPS District 205 website, around 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 5th, the network was attacked by 199 variants of a virus which its antivirus security protocol could not keep up with. Around 10 p.m., 50 to 60 of the roughly 300 servers went down in rapid succession. Read more on MyStateline.com.

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