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Hackers thwarted in bid to steal from Broadalbin-Perth school district

Malware entered through email; nearly $400,000 targeted

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Hackers tried to steal nearly $400,000 from the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District’s bank accounts but failed because of sophisticated security protocols, including the use of real-time password-generating systems, district officials said. “It was simply someone out there trying to hack into our systems to take some money out of our accounts,” said district Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson. The school’s accounts with First Niagara contain millions of dollars at any one time, he said. The attacks occurred ...

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September 20, 2012
6:20 p.m.

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So someone breaks into your house and has pretty much free reign including to set up their own video cameras, but they don't know the PIN to your ATM card. That's pretty much what happened here. Kinda changes the warm and fuzzy tone of the their security assurances doesn't it?

This is a Big Security Failure where at best the user who opened the email and maybe clicked on the link needs better education in email use on the job, or at worst exercised really bad judgement. In addition I question whether the pc this happened on was properly patched.

And Mr. Tomlinson: All the computers should be considered infected. The 800 lb. gorilla in the room is that all your data, all your records, all your email of all users on your network should now be considered compromised.

'The greatest threat to computer security comes from within' (not my words).