North Carolina School District Pays $314k to Restore Systems

Malware Took Out Devices at Three North Carolina Schools

Right before school was scheduled to be released for winter break, malware completely took over three of Rockingham County’s school systems.  The virus originated in Bethany Elementary, Western Rockingham Middle School, and the district’s Central Office.  It is believed no other schools were impacted.  However, of the three schools that were infected, significant damages were done.  All of the students and teachers were told to leave their devices at the school during the winter break.

The school board approved for 10 IT professionals to come in and fix the issues while the students and staff were gone.  During that time, 20 different servers were fixed, costing $314,000.  Unfortunately, that did not fix all of the problems.  The malware infection could cost up to another $834,000 to replace infected devices.  According to WFMY News 2 the school has approximately 200 replacement devices for school staff to use.  Although, most teachers will remain without computers until early February.

In the meantime, school officials are encouraging all students and staff to check their personal devices that they may have connected to school computers while the infection was still in the system.

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5 thoughts on “North Carolina School District Pays $314k to Restore Systems”

  1. Interesting read – I’m working on helping a company recover from a Malware attack myself.

    Interesting though, reading this article (via Chrome), and Chrome is notifying me that this site is trying to load scripts from unauthenticated sources.

    While you may be at a leading edge, with the issues around Intel/AMD chips – wouldn’t you consider only loading scripts from authenticated sites?

      1. @istisare1989:
        I live in SC and I tried to contact from PC Matic, but I could not get the virus locked it . I got a trojan virus and it would not let me use my computer, and the cursor would work. I had to take it to Office Depot and they could not get it to work even when they had removed virus. I had to buy a new computer because the cursor would work, so they downloaded most I had on my computer from the hard drive. It would have cost me $$$$$$$$$$$ for a tech to work on it and replace the hard drive and some other gadget inside the computer.

  2. Did this school district really need to use Microsoft products, with their well known susceptibility to malware? Or is this just another case of incompetent IT “experts” as is so frequently the case?

    They could have saved a bunch of money, gotten better performance out of less expensive hardware, and been far more secure with almost any flavor of Linux.

  3. PCMaticLifetimeMember

    I understand how a public type computer system can easily be infected by the numerous devices from so many sources connected to it. However, it would seem prudent, especially now, for this school system as well as all others do what they can do to prevent this in the future. I am not into IT or malware prevention but the good folks here are. Just as we became lifetime members, why can’t these school systems and other major “public” Internet places telephone PC Pitstop to get an evaluation, presentation, and contract? It would seem this would be a much wiser expenditure of taxpayer money.

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