PURCHASE LINE — Officials in the Purchase Line School District are looking to avoid a repeat of a recent case of theft by deception that targeted the district’s emails and approximately 100 of its vendors.
At their meeting Monday night, Purchase Line School Board members unanimously approved a letter of engagement with Mullen Coughlin LLC, a Wayne, Delaware County, cybersecurity company that specializes in tailored data privacy and incident response services.
All members of the school board were present for that meeting except Scott Beer.
Their move is the latest in a series of steps taken since Jan. 31 when, as described by Superintendent Joseph A. Bradley, “our district was the victim of a email spoofing attack by an individual pretending to be a school district employee.”
No arrest has been reported in connection with the incident.
The attack “is being investigated as a case of theft by deception due to the suspect(s) having been able to obtain information from the school district without authorization,” said Trooper Clifford A. Greenfield, public information officer for Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Indiana and Ebensburg. “We can confirm that the theft was limited to information only and the district did not sustain a monetary loss.”
Bradley said last week that no other district employees, students or staff are affected, but for those who were, the district is offering assistance and a year’s worth of identity theft protection.
Mullen Coughlin LLC officials did not return calls seeking comment.
Little else was said at Monday’s meeting about the breach.