Monroe College’s computer system was hacked by someone demanding a $2 million ransom in Bitcoin, the Daily News has learned.
A hacker crippled the Bronx-based school’s computer network by encrypting its files remotely at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
Police sources say the attack affected each of Monroe’s campuses in Manhattan, New Rochelle and St. Lucia. Nearly 8,000 students are enrolled at the college.
The school’s website was completely inaccessible after the hack, though its Facebook page is still up.
A spokeswoman for Monroe said emails have also been compromised, but that classes remain in session. Their payroll system is handled by an outside firm and was not impacted, she said.