The Janesville School District’s website started experiencing outages Wednesday after its website vendor, Finalsite, experienced its own problems resulting from a ransomware attack.

This week’s ransomware activity was unrelated to the computer hack that locked up the school district’s servers and network resources starting Oct. 25.

The earlier incident prompted the district’s information technology team to contact the state of Wisconsin’s Division of Enterprise Technology Cyber Response Team, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which began an investigation.

Wi-Fi use was restored in all school buildings on Oct. 26, although other technology issues remained.

Public information officer Patrick Gasper said the incident involving Finalsite is coincidental.

“[There’s] nothing new to report on our ransomware issue,” he said in an email. “Our IT team continues work restoring all functionality to our networks.”


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