Cybersecurity threat pushes back start of school in Monroe-Woodbury

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A cybersecurity threat forced officials to push back the first day of school in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District.

District officials say the first day of school for students was pushed back until Thursday, so that digital information can be uploaded from a backup server and printed out on paper. They say a "cyber ransom" attempt was identified as the reason behind the delay.

"The malware - the way it works is they hold your information for ransom and then you have to pay," says Monroe-Woodbury School Superintendent Elsie Rodriguez.

Rodriquez says they are working with the FBI and Homeland Security to identify who tried to hack into the system and whether or not any student or school data could have been compromised. They say malware used to hold information at ransom was found Monday and the system was immediately shut down.

The district will be without computers, Wi-Fi and smart boards for weeks during the investigation and recovery process.

Two schools on Long Island were breached earlier this year.  One of the schools was forced to pay an $88,000 ransom to get its information back.

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