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School district regains email after hack

Still waiting to fully restore website and Twitter account

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 4:36 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 10:45 p.m. CDT

DIXON – The Dixon Public Schools email accounts are back up and running, the assistant superintendent said Monday.

The email accounts, along with the district's website and Twitter account, were compromised by a hacker March 2.

The email was restored Monday morning, Assistant Superintendent Margo Empen said, adding that the website is still being worked on, and the district is working with Twitter to regain control of its account.

Technology Director Charles Kinsella said the district is still waiting to hear back from the company that runs its parent portal about whether sensitive information on that separate server was compromised.

Last week, Superintendent Michael Juenger said the district didn't think sensitive or private information had been affected.

The district's GoDaddy account, which houses its website server, was hacked, and the website was redirected around 7 p.m. March 2, Kinsella said last week. The district fixed the redirect by the next morning, but the website was redirected a second time.

On March 3, Sauk Valley Media received an email from a district employee's account, but from the email's content it was clear the employee didn't send it. The district was notified and later confirmed that the email had been compromised.

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