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Cyber Attack Takes Groton Public Schools, Conn., Offline

Groton Public Schools was offline Thursday following a cyber attack on its main servers. The technology director said the source of the attack has been identified, and connectivity was 90 percent restored by the end of the day.

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(TNS) — Groton Public Schools experienced a district-wide Internet outage on Thursday that is under investigation.

"Groton Public Schools was a victim of a cyber attack on our main servers," Clint Kennedy, the school district's director of technology wrote in a message to the school community. "With the help of our technology advisors, we have identified where the attack came from and have 90 percent of our systems operational. We will continue to work through our disaster recovery process in conjunction with the local police to investigate the situation. We will keep you informed as we learn more."

Superintendent of Schools Susan Austin said that the Internet was 90 percent restored by the end of the day, and a team is working around the clock to get the issue completely resolved. She said the incident is under investigation and more information will be shared once school officials learn more.

In 2017, the Groton school district experienced another security issue when it was the victim of a phishing scam.

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