BC3 closes for a week due to ransomware attack

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BC3 has canceled remote and online credit classes and will close its main campus and additional locations Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 as it restores databases, hard drives, servers, and other devices affected by a ransomware attack.
BC3 has canceled remote and online credit classes and will close its main campus and additional locations Nov. 29 and Nov. 30 as it restores databases, hard drives, servers, and other devices affected by a ransomware attack.

BUTLER — Butler County Community College has canceled remote and online credit classes and will close its main campus and additional locations for the week, as it restores databases, hard drives, servers and other devices affected by a ransomware attack.

The college has also canceled noncredit courses and will not provide services on its main campus or at its additional locations.

Non-instructional staffing on BC3’s main campus and at its additional locations will resume Monday.

A regional cybersecurity firm is assisting the college in its ongoing restoration of information.

In-person fall credit courses had previously been scheduled to be held in a remote format this week.

The college on Oct. 3 changed all in-person credit courses to a remote format Nov. 29 through Dec. 4, the final week of fall semester classes, as a mitigation measure with regard to COVID-19.

The college’s final week of fall semester credit classes will be held Dec. 6-11 in remote or online formats. BC3 moved its finals week to Dec. 13-18. Final examinations will be held in the course’s previously scheduled format.

BC3 last Monday announced on its news.bc3.edu website that it would work with students to adjust assignments and deadlines as necessary for their courses and that students would not be penalized for delays caused by the situation. The college on Monday sent a text message alert and created social media posts notifying members of the BC3 community to visit news.bc3.edu.

This article originally appeared on Ellwood City Ledger: BC3 closes for two days due to ransomware attack

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