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Hackers hit Plainfield School District 202 website

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 10:10 a.m. CDT

(MCT) — Applicants who were seeking jobs in the Plainfield School District 202 this weekend received an offensive e-mail message that was sent out after hackers targeted a district website, school board officials said.

The message, containing racial slurs and other “street talk,” went out to job applicants who had submitted on-line applications through a third-party site hired by the district, District 202 Board President Robert Bonuchi said Monday.

Applicants who use the site do not submit sensitive information like Social Security numbers or credit card numbers, and it appeared the security breach was limited.

An email sent out by the district Monday night said officials still were trying to determine if the hackers were able to access any confidential information, and the site was closed down while the district investigates.

The district is working with local police and the FBI to identify the hackers, Bonuchi said.

Bonuchi said the site was not linked to any school district systems, and there was no threat to personal information on students or existing staff. He did not know how many applicants information might be on file.

“Unfortunately, there are malicious people all over the world who use their computers for entertainment, and this is entertainment for some people,” Bonuchi said.

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