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Hackers demand $37K ransom for Pekin Community High School data

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Hackers demand $37K ransom for Pekin Community High School data

Students at Pekin Community High School are only just getting access to the Internet after malware infected the school network early Sunday morning.

“We all thought it was because it was testing, and we thought that the principal might have turned it off or something, but I guess that’s not the case,’ said sophomore Arika Berrios. “Apparently someone hacked into the whole system!”

Superintendent Danielle Owens confirmed the hack locked everyone out from accessing grades, schedules, lesson plans and other information on the school’s network. The hackers demand $37,000 dollars to release the data.

“I don’t think anything like this has ever happened before here at the school,” said senior Tyler Carlson. “I think we’ve had a pretty secure system.”

Superintendent Owns also confirmed the involvement of local police and the FBI, and that no personal information was at risk.

Though students aren’t particularly worried, this type of malware attack is serious. Dave Jacobs with Facet Technologies says this type of infection can happen to anyone. And most likely, it’s a case of the hackers getting lucky.

Jacobs explained these types of viruses are spread everywhere, trying to find any vulnerability.

“It’s kind of like walking through a neighborhood at night and checking to see if anybody has an unlocked front door,” he said.

Jacobs also mentioned the necessity of keeping your anti-virus and protection software up-to-date, and being careful of what you click on or download.

Superintendent Owens mentioned they have no plans on paying the ransom and are already almost finished restoring backups to all of the locked data.

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Baltimore County middle school teacher charged with sexual abuse of student

A teacher at Northwest Academy of Health Sciences is charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old student, police announced on Thursday.
According to investigators, the abuse took place during school hours and involved kissing and sexual acts in the teacher’s classroom through February and March.
At times the teacher would write hall passes for the student, excusing her from scheduled classes, police noted.
Chadwick F. Zamarron, 35, is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practice, second- and third-degree sexual offense and sex abuse by a person in authority.
Police say the investigation began last week when the student told her mother about a sex act she had performed on the man.

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‘I still don’t feel safe’: Arrest made in Snapchat threat to Longview school

Longview police arrested a 14-year-old boy after he sent a threatening Snapchat photo to friends. The teen told police he sent the photo as a joke, but the picture worried a lot of people.

Police said they received hundreds of calls to the dispatch center Monday night from people concerned about a potential threat toward Mark Morris High School. Callers said the photo was sent to people on Snapchat and Facebook.

The photo shows a boy holding what looks like a sub-compact rifle with the caption “Don’t go to school tomorrow (markmorris).” Police said the photo appeared to have been taken by a second person who was holding a pistol.

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Teen arrested for bathroom-wall threats at Port Charlotte school

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Monday in connection with threats at a Charlotte County school.

Deputies say Kenneth Kasten is responsible for writing messages on a bathroom wall warning of a shooting at The Academy School on two different dates.

The first incident, on April 7th, prompted the school officials to increase security and lead to more than 100 students missing school.

The second threat was discovered by a student on Monday, warning of a shooting on April 22nd.

School resource officers reviewed surveillance video and identified Kasten as the suspect, saying he was the only student who entered the bathroom during the time frame the message was written.

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Valdosta Police Arrest 14 in Valdosta High School Burglary

The Valdosta Police Department said that they have arrested 14 people in connection to a burglary at Valdosta High School.

They said that the burglary happened back in March.

They said that one minor was also arrested and turned over the the Department of Juvenile Justice.

VPD says that they are still looking for one minor and two adults in connection to the crime.

On March 27, around 10:52 p.m., a Valdosta patrol officer was on normal patrol when he noticed suspicious activity at the Valdosta High School.

He observed multiple people leaving the parking lot area at 11 o’clock at night, when the school was closed and no known high school functions were happening.

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BMX riders share anti-bullying message at Rancho Bernardo High School

Raancho Bernardo High’s students were taught an anti-bullying lesson while watching professional BMX riders perform stunts in the school’s gym.

The ASA High School Tour assembly — presented twice on Friday to accommodate all students — was sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, the Anti-Defamation League and ASA Entertainment.

The tour is a high-energy action sports circuit that goes across the country to support the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate campaign and the campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, according to its website, asahighschooltour.com. It features some of the world’s top professional skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX riders from the X Games who perform while an educational message is presented “in a fun, positive and interactive fashion.

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2 arrested after mother says son left on school bus

The bus driver and bus attendant who allegedly left a special needs child on a Monroe City school bus have been arrested.

34-year-old Christopher Yates and 55-year-old Vicky Hampton have been charged with one count of felony cruelty to juveniles. Police say Yates performed a check of the bus he was driving after returning to the Monroe City bus barn on Auburn Lane, but did not check underneath the seats.

They say Yates told them that the child had climbed under the seats in the past. Yates’ bond was set at one thousand dollars.

Hampton also gave a deposition to police saying that she left the bus early before the bus was parked when they got back to the bus barn.

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San Bernardino gunman threatened wife, but no one predicted a school shooting

Cedric Anderson left a note saying he felt dishonored and needed closure, but anyone who read it before Monday wouldn’t have seen it as a sign of the San Bernardino school shooting, the city’s police chief said.

New details emerged Tuesday about Anderson’s past and his relationship with his estranged wife, whom he fatally shot in front of her students, also hitting two boys in her class.

Before Monday’s shooting, though, none of them seemed alarming on the surface, and even Anderson’s wife, Karen Elaine Smith, may not have taken them seriously.

Anderson had threatened her, but Smith took the threat as a cry for attention, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan said during a news conference Tuesday.

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Brick School Redistricting Plan Could Affect Four Schools

Brick Township is considering redistricting – a term for changing the geographic boundary lines – of four schools within the township, though officials say a relative few number of students will be affected.

The schools include Veterans Memorial Elementary School, Herbertsville Elementary School, Lanes Mill Elementary School and Midstreams Elementary School. The district recently completed a demographics study and have been considering the redistricting effort mainly because of class sizes being too large at VMES, officials said.

“We haven’t finalized any redsitricting plan,” said Dennis Filippone, Director of Planning, Research & Evaluation for the district. “We still have two meetings with parent groups and then we have to get it in front of the board.

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Former school teacher CLEARED of sexually assaulting a teenage girl on three occasions

A FORMER grammar school teacher has been cleared of sexually assaulting a teenage girl – on three occasions.

Colin Bell, 44, who taught at Westcliff High School for Girls, was accused of carrying out the assaults between January 1, 2013, and April 24, 2013.

Bell, of Rebels Lane, Great Wakering, denied the offences and has been acquitted by a jury at Basildon Crown Court last week.

The Echo can now report the verdict because press restrictions made in order not to prejudice a second trial Bell faced over indecent images of children have been lifted.

Following the verdict, Bell admitted a single charge of making an indecent image of a child and was handed an absolute discharge.

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