Washington Adventist University, a private four-year university in Montgomery County, confirmed an ongoing ransomware attack on Sunday.

Washington Adventist University, a 4-year private university in Montgomery County, Maryland, confirmed an ongoing ransomware attack on Sunday.

The attack restricted access to several technologies on campus, ranging from campus intranet services to digital signage around the property.

In a statement, the school confirmed that the ransomware attack was first discovered on Saturday after 11 p.m. by its technology services department. School officials have since said Wi-Fi and internet access will not be available to students on campus until further notice.

“There is a balance to be struck between access and security,” the school wrote. “So the schedule can be incremental rather than an overnight fix.”

Despite the attack, the school will remain open for in-person instruction and will continue to run virtual classes through Zoom. Access to services outside of the university intranet, such as campus email and Zoom, also remains unchanged.



The school is currently working with the Montgomery County Cyber ​​Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to resolve the situation. A spokesperson did not tell WTOP the amount of the ransom requested or the data that could have been viewed.

Washington Adventist University also scheduled an in-person public meeting in the chapel of Halycon Hall on Sunday to offer information to students. They informed the students through their campus alert system that internet access would be provided by the Church in Sligo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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