Recovery nearly complete from Wallace State cyber attack

Wallace State Community College was the victim of a cyber attack in early January, resulting in a delay of the spring semester starting date from Jan. 6 to Jan. 8. The two-day delay was used to restore most student, campus, and operational services, according to a statement from the college external affairs office.

“We are continuing to work through the restoration of a few systems, like our college ID system (assigns student ID numbers), and replacing, reinstalling, and/or reconnecting a few remaining computers. The majority of work, however, is complete,” the statement said. Essential student services have been restored, and some, including registration, remained accessible throughout the attack.

The cyber attack was said to have included a ransom demand. The college declined to confirm the demand or provide specifics as to the amount and whether it has been paid, saying that an investigation is in progress involving the FBI and others.