Newcastle school targeted in fees phishing scam

Fee-paying schools were targeted in a cyber attack which accessed parents’ email addresses, it has emerged.  The BBC reports.

Fraudulent emails sent from school accounts offered a 25% discount on fees for paying quickly via the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School warned parents of the “sophisticated attack”. It has been approached for comment.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said other schools had been targeted and it was investigating.

In an email to parents, the grammar school’s headmaster, John Fern, said it had reported the attack to police. Because of the “potential breach of data” in the use of parent’s email contacts, it is also liaising with the ICO.

The emails, which included spelling, grammatical and punctuation errors, were sent on 29 December from the address of the school’s bursar, who is responsible for fees.

The school told parents it was working with the company that provides its email systems, iSAMS, to “establish exactly what happened”. ISAMS said it would be issuing a statement.

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