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Student, Employee Info Hacked In Montgomery County

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities believe hackers accessed the personal data of 110,000 Clarksville-Montgomery County School system employees and students.

A 911 call came in around noon Sunday to Clarksville police about the hacking. Police contacted school officials, whose technology specialists determined a hacking group threatened to release a portion of the data.

A group calling itself Spex Security on Monday released the information on about 14,500 students and school system employees.

The information included students' names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and school and state ID numbers. Employee and schoolwide email passwords were also posted.  Victims said they are angry, upset, and worried about who could get ahold of the information.

"I couldn't believe it," said former Clarksville-Montgomery County School System employee Pattie Hancock, "You've been told to protect that information.  You trust your employer with that information.  I'm a little angry."

"I am just hoping they won't use any of my information," said former Montgomery Central High School student Jennifer Traylor, "I hope the hackers get caught before anything serious happens."

All school system websites were shut down. The school system contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"We basically unplugged, I mean all systems are shutdown right now and they will stay that way until we have otherwise some information that tells us to put them back up," district spokeswoman Elise Shelton said Monday.

The group released the following statement with the information:

"Our primary suspects include the U.S. government for torturous and deceptive acts on our own soil, the educational system for exuberantly being blown-over and belligerently not patching the holes in their system, and anybody else who partook a role in the murder of America."

The statement went on to say that Clarksville "was primarily targeted due to their belligerence." The statement did not clarify what that meant.

"If there are other firewalls that we can put up besides what we have we will certainly look into doing that. We want to make sure that all of our information is secure," Shelton said.

School officials urge individuals to closely monitor their financial accounts. Police also encourage people to double check their credit reports and financial documents, and shred any document with personal information on it.

Local law enforcement as well as the TBI and FBI continue to investigate the case.

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