#Privacy: Another school, another cyber attack

A phishing scam has cost a Texas school district $2.3 million in losses within two months. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Texas authorities are investigating an incident which resulted in the Manor Independent School District losing approximately $2.3 million in a phishing email scam.

In a press release, the school said the investigation is still ongoing and despite there being strong leads, authorities are still encouraging anyone with information to contact Detective Lopez at the Manor Police Department. 

Phishing emails had been sent to the school district in November which led to three separate transactions taking place. A month later, an employee had discovered the scam. 

It is not known as who fell victim to the email, and what the nature of email was. In addition, it is not certain if the money can be recovered. 

According to its Facebook page, the school district servers more than 9,600 students.

“Manor ISD appreciates the Manor Police Department working together to communicate this to our community,” the school district said. 

Educational institutions have increasingly become targets for cyber attacks by threat actors. Just over the winter break, the Pittsburg Unified School District was left without internet access following a ransomware attack. 

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