Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hackers stole more than $200,000 from Sumter County Public Schools

Posted By on Sun, Jan 26, 2020 at 11:29 AM

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Federal agents have apprehended suspects whom school officials say scammed $206,000 from the Sumter County School Board.

Investigators say the criminal fraud involved hackers duping a school official into entering school board banking info on a fake website.

This latest hacking follows recent network attacks, from the frivolous, like a recent prank against Leesburg and Lake Mary high school, to the far more disconcerting, like the personal data breach of Pearson learning program students in Florida and a hack that knocked out hundreds of computers at Volusia County libraries.

Whether you're a county employee or staffer of a private company or simply a private citizen making your way around the net, purchasing things and filling out forms – it's always good to be extra-vigilant about what information is being shared and where.

“It’s really everybody’s responsibility in an organization – everybody is the weak point,” cybersecurity expert Gunnar Skotnicki said to local news channel Fox 35. Listen to Gunnar!

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