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NEW HAVEN —  In the wake of a hacker gaining access to the email account of the New Haven Public Schools chief operating officer’s email account, impersonated him in email conversations and stealing more than $6 million, city and school officials, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies and the city’s banks, are working both to recover as much as the money as possible and ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.

So far, $3.6 million has been recovered and the FBI has been able to freeze an unspecified additional amount, Mayor Justin Elicker said.

An ongoing criminal investigation is underway, Elicker said Thursday. Meanwhile, New Haven has tightened its procedures and protocols to try to keep from seeing a repeat anytime in the future, he said.

To begin with, it has stopped all electronic transfers other than payroll transfers until further notice while it works to further strengthen its cybersecurity systems and protocols and tighten its financial policies and procedures, Elicker said.

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