Police investigating hacking of RRISD website

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by ANDY PIERROTTI / KVUE News and TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News

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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 7:12 PM

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- The investigation into who hacked the Round Rock School District's website continues.

The website was still offline Monday. A simple error message which reads the site is "currently unavailable" greets anyone who tries to visit it.

The district took it down Saturday night after hackers who claim to be from the "9 gag" website posted nude pictures and racist messages among the site's pages. The district says it was able to shut the site down within an hour and a half after the images were posted late Saturday night.

Cyber security expert Chris Boyd of Austin's Midas Green Tech tells KVUE that while district officials say no student or teacher files were compromised, the cyber criminals could face big consequences if they're caught.

"The FBI has come down really, really hard on some of these people. They're serving three, four or even five years in jail sometimes for doing that," Boyd said.

Detectives with the Round Rock Police Department are investigating this case. A spokesperson for the district tells KVUE they plan to press charges against the responsible party.

Hacks like these don't just happen at school districts. According to state records, hackers have defaced more than 300 state agency websites since 2009.
 

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