Hackers hit Troy schools – District, police say students’ passwords, user names accessed

The Detroit News, By Mike Martindale

Troy— Police and Troy school officials are investigating a widespread hacking of the school district’s computer system. In a letter to parents obtained by The Detroit News, schools Superintendent Barbara Fowler said she told students and staff with accounts on the system to change their passwords so whoever’s responsible can’t access personal information.  The hacking has been stopped, police said, but there are concerns data gleaned by hackers could lead to identity theft and fraud.  “No one is in custody yet, but when it all comes out, I expect it to be significant,” police Officer Andy Breidenich said Friday. Breidenich said accessing someone’s computer information without permission is a felony, and depending on the outcome of the investigation, there could be “various criminal charges that have been committed.”  According to Fowler’s letter to parents, dated Sept. 30, the hacking involved the decryption of passwords and user names in a district database.


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