Gov. Reynolds Says State Didn’t Pay Ransom To Resolve DMACC Cyber Attack
online classes at Des Moines Area Community College have resumed after a two-week hiatus caused by a ransomware attack. DMACC cancelled online classes on June 3rd and wound up closing the entire campus on June 4th due to the security breach. In-person classes resumed June 9th. Governor Kim Reynolds says the State of Iowa did not pay any ransom to the hackers. The Office of the Chief Information Officer, a part of the executive branch of state government, wasn’t involved either, according to the governor.
(As said) “The state wasn’t involved. We did reach out — OCIO reached out to them to see if we could be of any assistance. At this time they didn’t request or ask for any assistance,” Reynolds says, “so they’ve been on their own dealing with this.”
All students and staff have been directed to change the passwords they use to access DMACC’s computer network. DMACC faculty are adjusting course schedules. Students will be advised about new deadlines for dropping classes and getting tuition refunds.