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Dracut Public Schools Targeted By Cyberattack

Jan 13, 2017 04:43PM ● By Bill Gilman
The computer system of the Dracut Public Schools has been hacked.
On Friday, Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone confirmed that the personal information of past and present school department employees as accessed by unknown hackers using "a sophisticated phishing scheme."
"Phishing" is defined as a scam in which an emails purports to be from a reputable company or agency and the person receiving the email is tricked into providing personal information such as social security numbers or passwords.

Stone released the following statement on the incident:

The Dracut Public Schools today confirmed that an employee had been victimized by a sophisticated phishing scheme which resulted in the mistaken release of the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of current and former school district employees.  Bank account information was not compromised. The information of families and students has not been compromised.
“We are fortunate that those involved quickly suspected that this was a phishing cyberattack and our IT team was able to move swiftly to bring in law enforcement and cyber security experts to shut it down and do our best to protect the confidentiality of our employees,” said Steven Stone, Superintendent of the Dracut Public Schools.  “We are mindful that exposure of this information can have big risks.  We are in the process of working with experts to provide advice and set up credit monitoring services for our employees.  We also want to once again reassure students and parents that no student or family information was compromised, and to thank the authorities who have helped us.”
Dracut school officials have notified and are working with the Dracut Police and the Cyber Crime Unit in the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the data breach, and we are in the process of notifying impacted employees.  In addition, a number of steps are being set up to assist employees, including credit monitoring which will be paid for by the District.
Dracut schools employees concerned about this should contact the Office of the Superintendent at (978) 957-2660.

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