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NC school district computers impacted by 'cyber incident,' officials say

District leaders said all Windows-based devices were impacted by a "cyber incident" caused by a compromised user account.

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Rowan-Salisbury Schools were victims of a "cyber incident" that impacted many internal programs and every Windows-based device on the district's network, officials said Friday. 

In a press release, Rowan-Salisbury Schools officials said the incident happened on Wednesday, Dec. 29. District leaders said the incident did not leak any sensitive data and there's no indication that the school system's financial, payroll or human resources systems were impacted. Rowan-Salisbury Schools is working closely with the North Carolina Joint Cyber Task Force to restore the school's system as soon as possible. 

District leaders said the early findings determined this wasn't a system failure but rather a compromised user account. 

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Rowan-Salisbury Schools could be without internet access through Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, when students return. The district said it will be working with departments to ensure they can operate safely when students are back in class, and all teachers are asked to have alternative activities in case web services aren't available. 

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