Report: Foreign hackers infected one-third of ND schools with malware in February

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BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota's IT Department says hackers, including ones from North Korea, infected one-third of North Dakota schools with malware in February.

The malware is called Double Pulsar. Shawn Riley with ITD says that malware gives "bad actors" the ability to launch cyber-attacks on other systems. Riley says the state's energy, agriculture and military resources, like unmanned aerial systems, make the state a prime target.

“This is an absolutely major threat across the state of North Dakota. This is something, this threat that you have seen, that's been contained by our cyber security teams and this threat was contained and closed as an issue,” said Riley

Riley adds no data was stolen. The infection was only designed to help launch other attacks