An email breach Tuesday resulted in the names, Social Security numbers and salaries of the more than 400 Morton School District employees who were employed in 2016 being sent to a hacker, possibly in Russia.
Superintendent Lindsey Hall said an email appearing to come from her was sent to a district employee.
After the employee sent requested information, Hall said, a second email purportedly sent by her to the employee asking for more information raised suspicions, and Morton police were called to investigate.
“Based on the actual email address from which the emails were sent and the semantics of the requests, police believe the fraudulent emails came from Russia,” Hall said.
Requested dates of birth and home addresses of the more than 400 employees were not sent, Hall said, adding she hopes that will prevent fraudulent use of their Social Security numbers.
The affected employees have been provided with tracking tools to monitor activity involving their Social Security numbers, Hall said in a news release issued by the district.
“We apologize for the email intrusion,” Hall said in the release. “We will continue to work with police investigators to identify how this happened and take steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
Morton police Chief Craig Hilliard said in the release his department is “working with the school district and other entities to get to the bottom of this, but things like this are very hard to trace to foreign hackers.”
“We’re joining the school district in getting the word out (about the email breach),” he said. “Anyone who has received a suspicious email should contact us immediately.”
The Morton police phone number is 266-6666.
Hilliard could not be reached for further comment.