Newton Schools District Website Hacked along with Many Other School Sites

 

The website of Newton Public Schools district happened to be one among approximately 800 websites belonging to other school districts that a hacking attack apparently affected on November 6 early in the morning.

 

According to Lorrie Rodrigue Interim Superintendent of Schools, the Newton portal has been closed till the time authorities fully assure her as well as the Technology Department of Newton district, about the situation being in control.

 

People accessing the school district portal and hoping to see its actual content on November 6, instead saw an Arabic message which meant God was supreme and his prophet was Mohammad, and which apparently the slain Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein seemed to have stated. The message accompanied a photo of Saddam Hussein.

 

An hour after this defacement, the online site was made inaccessible because Rodrigue wanted to make sure no one hacked it another time. In a report by WFSB, it's stated that each of the online sites belonging to various school districts which were hacked received their hosting service from Georgia-situated Schooldesk. Since the hack, Rodrigue has been trying to get more-and-more police safeguard for Newton's school, as a stringent measure against hacking. Moreover according to WFSB, even though security at the schools was increased, school authorities are sure there's no danger expected towards the students. Patch.com posted this, November 6, 2017.

 

In the opinion of Rodrigue, the pictures along with written matter on the Newton website gave reason for concern. The Interim Superintendent said that her actions against the hack were not to be put off, although she accepted the naturally increased concern everywhere.

 

Reportedly, there's no risk to school pupils' records as well as other information. Besides, confidential information is never posted on the Newton site. Meanwhile, the school has hired private security professionals for safety of the website.

 

Jim Viadero Police Chief of Newton stated they had notified both FBI and the Homeland Security Department. According to Rodrigue, the additional policemen at Newton district was necessary for keeping hacks at bay, and not just to steer away another widespread concern in connection with a recent gunning down near the holy church of Texas.

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