A Massachusetts community college has closed its doors for a second day after a cyberattack took down significant parts of its network. Northern Essex Community College serves more than 6,000 students across Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, with campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence. A spokesperson for the school told The Record that they did not know if the attack was ransomware, and claimed they “do not have evidence of any personal data being compromised.” On Tuesday, the school confirmed it would not open for the day. “The college will remain closed for business on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. We are still working through details and continuing to put protections in place. We are aiming to be operative by Wednesday, March 8, 2023,” the school said on a temporary website created after the cyberattack. “All employees with a NECC laptop should cease using their laptops and are asked to bring their computers in as soon as possible and leave them in your office so that our IT team can install protection-clients and perform forensics.”
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