Payday problems: Cyber thieves swipe paychecks from Atlanta school employees

Sunday, 01 October 2017, 07:35:09 PM. Atlanta Public Schools to step up security measures, increase email filters after phishing attack causes payday problems for 27 employees
Atlanta Public Schools issued new paychecks to 27 employees who fell victim to what the superintendent called a phishing attack by cyber thieves.  Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said Internet scammers stole $56,459 in payroll funds by rerouting direct deposit information from 27 unsuspecting employees. Another seven employees had their direct deposit information changed, but their pay made it into their accounts.  The district reimbursed the employees whose money was taken and has notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Carstarphen said. It has also beefed up security measures and is working to make sure the next payday in mid-October goes smoothly.  The problem came to light Friday, payday for the district that employs roughly 6,000 workers.  Carstarphen said the district’s massive data system, which includes testing, student, and employee information, has not been breached.  “What we feel confident on is that there’s no access to employee or student information because if that were true they would be doing it to everyone,” she said, in an interview Saturday. Instead, officials think that a couple dozen employees were tricked into clicking on a fake link that gave cyber thieves access to payroll login information.  “The result was the employee’s direct deposit was re-routed to accounts set up by the thieves,” the district wrote in an alert to employees.  The district sent employees an alert to remind them to verify any emails if they doubt the legitimacy, to avoid...Read more
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