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Eastern Wyoming College systems down due to cyber attack

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A technical education building at Eastern Wyoming College is shown in 2016.

A cyber security attack disabled Eastern Wyoming College's computer and phone systems Tuesday morning, the college announced. 

The attack occurred early Tuesday morning, and local law enforcement is currently investigating. 

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"College officials are working with local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Homeland Security, local IT professionals and state IT professionals," according to a release issued by the college. 

The computer systems were still off-line as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a college spokesperson Ben Moritz. 

Cyber-security attacks are on the rise in the U.S. Between March 2020 and 2021, the FBI's cyber attack workload increased by 1 million complaints, according to FBI data. 

In 2019, Campbell County Memorial Hospital was hit with a ransonware attack that left its computer systems haywire for days. The event eventually led the hospital to receive a $1 million insurance settlement. 

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