OSD website still offline

Published 12:00 pm Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oxford School District leaders are still working today to get their computer systems back up and running after a weekend cyberattack.

The FBI and Oxford Police Department are also now involved in a criminal investigation to determine who is involved in the ransomeware hack into the Oxford School District server.

According to school district spokeswoman Kelly Graeber, there is no estimated time to have everything back up and running for instruction and for the public to access school district sites, but it’s a process to get each server up.

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“Our teachers and students were able to press forward with classwork, even though the seventh through 12th grades were the ones impacted the most because we are a 1:1 school district,” she said. “We won’t have to make up a school day.”

Today, the good news for students and faculty is the Wi-Fi is back up and running, though the server still isn’t quite where it needs to be.

“We are working diligently to have PowerSchool back up and running today, then we will shift our focus to other services. The release of progress reports will be delayed until further notice,” said School District Superintendent Brian Harvey. “We appreciate your patience as we work to bring all services back up following the ransomware attack. Although we don’t know the exact computer that started the infection, we do know that it infected about 30 Windows-based machines and spread to all of our servers. As a precaution, we shut down all servers and outside connections to help prevent any further spread of the encryption.”