FBI examines school computer in hacking theft

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | 4:00 p.m. CDT; updated 4:18 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 24, 2009

CARL JUNCTION — The FBI is examining a Carl Junction school district computer in hopes of identifying cyber thieves who took nearly $200,000 out of the district's account.

School superintendent Phil Cook said Monday that agent Gayle Warrener took the payroll department computer, which was believed to have been compromised during the theft. A computer virus that struck on Feb. 26 allowed someone to access the district account.

The $196,000 was electronically transferred to a number of banks nationwide in increments of about $8,000.

Cook said Warrener told him she had worked on similar cases that typically originate in foreign countries. She also said the FBI assumes that some other cases on which it is working are related, but agents have been unable to confirm that.


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