There has been a barrage of cyberattacks on major school districts in the last few years, the most notable being a ransomware attack targeting the Los Angeles school district late in 2022. Education Weekly noted that cyberattacks against educational facilities have occurred in all fifty states and school districts of every size. They stated that since 2016, there have been over 1,300 school cyberattacks. That number is growing, and the attacks have become more severe. Microsoft reported that education is the most vulnerable industry, accounting for 62% of malware attacks every month.
Cybercriminals have infiltrated school computer systems and perpetrated phishing attacks, data breaches, leaks, hacks into email systems, denial-of-service attacks, destruction of school websites, and the takeover of school social media accounts.