CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating after Central Piedmont Community College experienced a ransomware attack on Wednesday night, forcing the college to close down for two days.
As of now, the school does not believe any employee or student personal data was compromised or extracted during the breach.
CPCC stated that the college’s Information Technology Services has been working since early Thursday morning to "assess the full extent of the intrusion, while determining and prioritizing which major systems could be brought back online safely."
The North Carolina Community College System's cyber incident response team is also assisting the FBI in the investigation, along with the N.C. Department of Public Safety. According to the college, damaged or compromised systems may need to be rebuilt.
According to CPCC, several college systems remain off-line, including phones, email, and the Blackboard learning management system. As of now, there is not word on when these and other off-line systems will be restored.
The college stated that until the school's email is restored, updates will be provided via text, voicemail, social media, and on CPCC's website.
Instructors will reportedly communicate specifics about class assignments once systems are restored.