FCPS Statement on Ransomware Investigation

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
September 11, 2020

Dear FCPS Community and Staff,

FCPS recently learned that ransomware was placed on some of our technology systems. We are taking this matter very seriously and are working diligently to address the issue.  We currently believe we may have been victimized by cyber criminals who have been connected to dozens of ransomware attacks in other school systems and corporations worldwide. We are coordinating with the FBI on the matter.

At this time, our investigation of the issue is ongoing and we are working diligently to determine the impact of this incident on FCPS data.   We have retained leading security experts to help us determine the nature and scope of the incident and recover from the situation.

FCPS is committed to protecting the information of our students, our staff, and their families. We will work with law enforcement to the fullest extent to prosecute any individuals or groups that attack our systems.

Fairfax County Public Schools