Judson Independent School District’s phone and email systems are back online Monday after the district paid an undisclosed ransom amount to resolve a ransomware attack that crippled schools’ information systems last month, Superintendent Jeanette Ball said.
The district of about 24,000 students and 3,200 staff members had been without access to information technology systems, including phone and email, since June 17. Judson ISD hired a cybersecurity company, BlueVoyant, last month to help resolve the cyberattack and contacted law enforcement officials.
Judson’s schools resume classes on Aug. 16.
Ball said she could not disclose how much the district paid in ransom to get back control of phone and email systems because the board of trustees discussed the amount in closed session.
Judson ISD’s technology team will continue working to restore the district’s information systems, Ball said. The district does not know whether students’ or staff members’ information has been compromised.
“We’re happy to be able to communicate now with our community and to be able to provide the services that they need,” Ball said.