Lassen Community College suffers cyber attack

Cyber criminals have attacked Lassen Community College’s email system.

Trevor Albertson, the college’s interim president, acknowledged the attack Thursday afternoon after Lassen News asked him about an undeliverable email it had sent to him.

“We’re under cyber attack, and we’re responding appropriately,” a tightlipped Albertson said. “Our email isn’t working right now.”

Albertson said he couldn’t comment further because he didn’t want to say anything that might affect the on-going investigation into the attack.

The president did say local and federal law enforcement officers are “working hard to resolve this. I can’t speculate right now, but I can tell you this is not fun.”

Albertson said the attack began the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 26, and at least three other schools in the California Community College system have suffered similar attacks.

According to the California Community Colleges Information Security Center website, there has been a recent rise in the number of “ransomware attacks on higher education institutions.”

Lassen News’ attempts to reach the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the Susanville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s office in Redding for comment for this story proved unsuccessful by deadline.