Web sites for the Clarksville-Montgomery County school system have been placed on lockdown following a breach in security Sunday afternoon.The Clarksville Police Department reported that 110,000 records from students and employees had been hacked into. A report stated that a group of hackers made a direct threat with plans to release a portion of the data. All school system Web sites were immediately shutdown. "We're not taking this as a joke, we're taking this very seriously and we plan to pursue it with law enforcement," Elise Shelton of Montgomery County Schools said. Technology specialists with the school system are investigating the incident and are seeking outside expertise for Web security.The group believed to have hacked into the records released a statement that said Clarksville was primarily targeted because of their belligerence, however did not elaborate any farther. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were contacted to assist with the investigation. The school system is urging employees, students and parents to closely monitor their financial accounts.FBI agents said they also recommend changing online passwords and not to use the same password for all online accounts. "Change your password. Change them often, don't use the same password for all data bases," Asst. Special Agent in Charge Keith Moses said.
Officials recommend online users change their password every 90 days.