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Weston students targeted by hackers via phishing emails


Recently in a phishing scheme, the hackers have targeted the Weston students. Numerous students have received emails stating that the accounts of the email recipient had been hacked. Craig Tunks, Digital Learning and Technology director, said the technology department was recently been notified by the high school administration that some students have received emails indicating that their accounts were hacked.


However, in actuality, the accounts were working fine and those email messages are phishing emails sent by the opportunistic scammers.


To make sure that the families have been made aware about this incident, Tunks has sent a notice to the families as well as the staff on Oct. 7, 2019. He has written in the letter that emails from the hacker could contain messages stating that they were successful in obtaining access of the person's account, and so are demanding money for making sure that the person don't lose access. In the letter, Tunks also wrote that "this is an attempt to exploit information or money through this threat".


The staff, parents and students have been asked to monitor closely the email addresses that are attached to all these emails. The community has been asked not to reply if the email address format is not correct, irrespective of the fact that name is familiar.


Tunks added that at no time an administrator or the colleague request for personal information or purchases through email and that also without context. "As a general rule of thumb, if your intuition is picking up on something not being quite right, you should call or email the help-desk before responding," he said.


In case anybody has received a concerning email message, they were asked to forward that message to phishing@westonps.org. Once the email has been forwarded, then the email recipient can specify it as spam via Google. Both the staffs as well as students were encouraged to change passwords regularly.


Tunks further said that "we continue to invest in and refine our phishing and virus protection software both on our machines -- servers and desktops and on our firewalls. However, we will not be able to block all attacks, so the best defense is an informed user community".


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