School district website still down after hack

PANAMA CITY — The Bay District Schools website was offline Monday after being taken down in an apparent hack Sunday night.

District employees have set up a redirect, bringing parents trying to access the website to the Parent Portal in the interim.

Superintendent Bill Husfelt said Monday the district’s website host, 3Essentials, was hacked, which caused the disruption on its website.

For several hours, the district’s home page was replaced by a page showing an anime character making an obscene gesture and text stating “Hacked by Typical Idiot Security.” Below it was a list of text that appeared to be user names. A Facebook page under “Typical Idiot Security” for the hacking team linked to dozens of pages across the internet that had been hacked in a similar manner with many of the same user names. Eventually, officials were able to have the website taken down.

Husfelt said no student or teacher information was compromised during the hack, and the district’s own servers remain secure.

“It’s a lot more difficult to get into our servers than that website,” he said.

The website might be down for several days as the host company works to fix the problem. During the hack, all of the websites the company hosts were compromised, and Husfelt said the company was busy addressing issues with all of its clients.

As for why 3Essentials was targeted, Husfelt called it “foolishness,” and said the character and gesture said it all.

“There are all kinds of people in this world, and we’re going to run into all of them at some point in our lives,” Husfelt said.

When the website is back online, Husfelt said he would let the district’s IT staff decide if they should switch web hosting companies. An investigation or charges by law enforcement are unlikely, he said, because nothing was stolen.

During Monday’s brief meeting, the Bay District School Board approved for advertisement a $376 million budget, with a tentative 0.224 decrease in the millage rate. The new budget includes officers for elementary schools and behavior paraprofessionals as part of the new behavior and mental health plan.

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