Wallenpaupack Area School District has suffered from a ransomware attack, thus forcing the school to close and shut down all the 3,000 computers district-wide on Sep. 5, 2019. This is the second major cyber attack against computer systems of the Wallenpaupack Area School District in this calendar year.

Referred to a “ransomware” attack where the perpetrator sends a virus for locking the systems and then demands money to restore them, is a nationwide problem, said Superintendent Michael Silsby to the school board on Sep. 9, 2019.

The letter to staff and parents by Silsby on Sep. 10, 2019, which was also publically posted on Facebook page of the Wallenpaupack Area High School, said that “the Wallenpaupack Area School District’s technology network has been compromised by a ransomware intrusion”.