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PGCPS Network Outage Update: Cyber Attack Affects 4,500 User Accounts, Critical Systems Restored

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD – Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) experienced a cyber attack on its network, detected early on Monday morning, August 14. The attack impacted an estimated 4,500 user accounts out of 180,000, primarily staff accounts.

According to PGCPS, the school system is still assessing the full scope of the incident, but as of this time, the main business and student information systems – Oracle and SchoolMAX – do not appear to be impacted.

Critical network systems have been restored, and additional functions will continue to be brought back online tonight. Out of an abundance of caution, all PGCPS users will be required to reset their passwords on Tuesday, August 15.

PGCPS has also announced that the impacted users of this cyber event will be contacted in the coming days with further information regarding their accounts pending further review by a team of external cybersecurity experts.

Parents, students, and staff are advised to stay tuned to official PGCPS channels for the latest updates and instructions related to this incident.

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