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Help extended to those affected by Okanagan Skaha School District cyberattack

Investigation continues in aftermath of February incident
An investigation is continuing following a cyberattack on Feb. 13 that affected the Okanagan Skaha School District. (Google Street View image)

Following a recent cyberattack, the Okanagan Skaha School District is extending credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to a group of individuals mostly comprised of current staff.

Those affected have been notified by email, with a letter providing additional information and instructions for accessing credit monitoring services that are being provided by the district.

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The cyberattack occurred on Feb. 13, after an unauthorized person gained access to some school district technology systems.

As soon as the incident was detected, the school district worked to contain the incident and brought on cybersecurity experts to assist with the response and investigation. They took all schools offline for that week while they investigated.

The initial investigation showed certain information belonging to staff, students and parents may have been subject to risk.

On Feb. 19, all employees were notified of the incident and on Feb. 20, parents and students in the school district were notified.

“Our priority has been to ensure that schools can operate and that they are able to do so safely and effectively,” Todd Manuel, superintendent of schools said in a letter to staff, students, parents and community members. “As a result, the focus has been on ensuring restoration of core systems, like our communications. While some of our network services continue to be offline, we are continuing to make efforts to restore these systems as soon as we can do so safely and securely.”

An investigation into the cyberattack is continuing.

John Arendt

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John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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