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Hacked Washington Schools Platform Sends Phishing E-Mails

Families in Tacoma, Wash., found suspicious emails in their inboxes on Monday after an email platform used by Tacoma Public Schools was hacked, sending 37,600 phishing emails to families, parents and others.

by Allison Needles, The News Tribune / August 5, 2020

(TNS) — Families in Tacoma found suspicious emails in their inboxes on Monday after an email platform used by Tacoma Public Schools, was hacked.

The hack sent out 37,600 phishing emails to families, parents and other people in the community Monday afternoon.

The emails appeared to be sent by Tacoma Public Schools and included file links. One email headline read, “Pete Andrews sent you a file statement,” and other asked users to “please fill empty lines in your account statement.”

School district staff were quick to alert people through social media that the emails were fake and not to click on them.

They urged people who already clicked on them to change their passwords and report the spam emails.

Spokesperson Dan Voelpel told The News Tribune that Constant Contact is a vendor the district contracts with to send e-newsletters.

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