Ransomware shuts down Lewis & Clark computer systems

GODFREY – Campus personal computer networks have been down Wednesday morning at Lewis & Clark Neighborhood Faculty soon after the university was the victim of a cyber attack.

In a information sent to staff members customers all around 6 a.m. Wednesday, LCCC President Ken Trzaska said the school’s laptop or computer devices have been down because of a “Ransomware assault.”

A ransomware assault commonly is a kind of destructive program developed to block accessibility to a laptop or computer system until eventually a sum of dollars is paid.

“We now have a significant systems outage and need to have to shut campus right now, Wednesday, November 24,” Trzaska reported in his information. “All techniques are down like e-mail, blackboard, phones, colleague, etcetera.

“Structures are protected and we are treating this just like a snow day on campus relating to accessibility,” he said.

Trzaska asked that individuals not use the college e-mail technique or open up any documents “to be secure.”

Laura Inow, LCCC’s Supervisor of Advertising & Public Relations, on Wednesday morning explained the higher education management and information and facts technology office have been working to examine the extent of the problems. She said the ransomware attack took place late on Tuesday, Nov. 23, prompting a shutdown of all campuses.

All LCCC pc methods have been taken offline to avoid any further issues, she reported. 

“We do not know when programs may well be restored, but are doing work diligently to examine and solve,” Inlow said. “We will proceed to keep the campus crew, learners and the community posted with updates by way of social media, our alert systems and via our regional media.”