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Employees of Denver Public Schools Hit by Hackers

Kdvr.com reported on 4th March, 2015 stating that Denver Publics Schools (DPS), located in Colorado (US), are strengthening their online security after hackers recently struck its employees.

Chief Operating Officer David Suppes recently has sent an email to employees of DPS mentioning that accounts have been targeted by a series of phishing emails over recent months, as published news on 4th March, 2015 by Thedenverchannel.com.

The email's sender is using fraudulent ploy to trick the recipients into disclosing their information.

Suppes added that they have received initial information from an employee on Friday, 27th February, who reported that their monthly paycheck was not deposited in their bank account.

Suppes said that due to this complaint, the district (Denver) had to believe that a phishing email containing a link asking the employees to submit their DPS username and password compromised the personal information of seven employees.

An internal probe was conducted and it was confirmed that seven paychecks were lost and accounts of 162 employees were found to be at risk which are now disabled.

Denver Public Schools is also looking for help from the Denver police who are investigating the hacking case. Employees of the school who were concerned about their personal and credit information were instructed to review and utilize credit monitoring resources.

Experts of Cyber security say that scams like these can be very influential.

Kwgn.com published news on 4th March, 2015 quoting Steve Fox, CEO of Security Pursuit, a computer security services based in Denver, Colorado, as explaining: "Once the criminals gain control of your computer when you try to log in to your genuine bank account it will send a pop up saying 'please call us' but they are giving their phone number and not the phone number of the bank."

Fox advises that the best way to save yourself from a phishing scam is to double check the authenticity of the entity to whom you are giving the information.

Unfortunately, it is not only the schools which are regularly targeted by cyber crooks but also US Universities. For example, employees of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) received very well designed phishing email last month.

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