August 28th, 2018 - By NBC12 Newsroom | August 27, 2019 at 4:46 PM EDT - Updated August 27 at 11:49 PM NEW KENT, Va. (WWBT) - New Kent County Public Schools were targeted by ransomware that encrypted the schools district’s files and demanded payment for them to be unlocked. Director of IT at Richmond-based Network Data Security Experts (NDSE) Michael Pfaff helps businesses detect vulnerabilities in their security networks and provides them with the tools to backup and secure private data. He says depending on what cyber criminals have access to the damage could be crippling. “That’s not just the school’s information,” said Pfaff. “That’s the students, the student’s parents, the parent’s addresses, phone numbers email addresses, information that other hackers need.” Pfaff says that during ransomware, cyber criminals demand that the ransom be paid in Bitcoin, a form of digital crypto-currency, because it’s nearly impossible to trace back to an original source.