UPDATE: Greenwich Schools Give “All Clear” Following Massive Google Cyber Attack

Phil Dunn, Greenwich Schools Chief Information Officer

Phil Dunn, Greenwich Schools Chief Information Officer

UPDATE: Thursday 10:00am: Greenwich Public Schools communications director Kim Eves sent an email to parents advising them that the Greenwich Public Schools IT Staff has identified the accounts impacted by the security event and have taken appropriate steps to address it. Greenwich Public School Staff have been advised to resume normal use of Google resources.Please remember to always review the sender’s email address and never click links from sources that you neither know nor trust.

Original story: Wednesday 5:00pm: Greenwich Public Schools Parents received an email from Greenwich Schools communications director Kim Eves on Wednesday afternoon warning of a Google Cyber attack. Eves wrote that there has been a massive cyber attack across the US affecting virtually all of Google’s client base.

Ms. Eves suggests parents take a moment to review the following suggestions from Phil Dunn, Greenwich Schools Chief Information Officer.

1 – DO NOT click any links containing shared Google Docs until you are instructed to; once you click a link, you authorize the sharing of your contact information and the attack spreads;
2 – If you have clicked a suspicious document sharing link, please change your gmail password immediately.
3 – We have identified the electronic source of the attacks and are blocking it from our domain so that you should cease to receive these emails within the next few minutes.
4 – We are contacting the Greenwich Police Department to work with them in investigating this attack which appears to be emanating from the site “mailinator.com” — an anonymous email masking site.
5 – We will continue to conduct our own investigation and you can expect an update from me regularly, until otherwise stated.

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  • realsaramerica

    The problem is, they didn’t send this to past GHS parents, whose emails they have retained in their email system. I received this phishing email to two separate email addresses – to private email they had on file from when my kids, one now graduated college and one now a junior, were in GPS, and another email account I set up when I served on Greenwich RTM. What about all those parents? Didn’t they have an obligation to inform us of the breach in security? We’re taxpayers, too. Fortunately, because I’ve done a lot of research on hacking for my books, I emailed the teacher who allegedly sent it to me and confirmed if it was from her before I opened it, and she told me the entire GPS system had been affected. But if I weren’t clued up? It was seriously negligent of Greenwich Public Schools not to send this to ALL parents in their system.