Update: East Central College email hacked – fraudulent email sent to student body

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Update: Mon., Jan. 30, 2012, 1:45 p.m.

Some students are continuing to receive fake campus emails from the deadfake website.  However, it does not appear the staff or student email systems were hacked or breached.

Instead, an external web site was used to create the fake e-mail message which was then distributed to students.

The person responsible did not hack into the college's e-mail system or otherwise access the servers; no personal data or information was compromised.

Steps have been taken to ensure that this problem does not occur again, and the college is going to continue to investigate the source of the message.

Whenever a legitimate situation occurs, information regarding cancellations, delays, or other changes to the college schedule will be posted on the college web page, Facebook page, ECC phone system, and local media.

East Central College hopes that this update addresses any concern students or parents might have, and regrets any confusion or inconvenience this situation may have caused.

Sat. Jan. 28, 2012, 4:43 p.m.
A fraudulent email was sent to ECC students around noon today, Sat., Jan. 28, 2012. 

The message stated that it was from Jon Bauer, Ph.D., Vice President, Finance & Administration at East Central College. 

The subject of the message was "Main Campus Classes Canceled Monday".  The message stated "Classes will not be held on Monday January, 30th 2012. We apologize for any issues this may cause. We look forward to seeing you all again Tuesday January, 31st, 2012. Enjoy the day off."

At the top of the email, it stated that the message was not real and from a website called deadfake

All ECC locations will be open and classes will be held as scheduled on Mon., Jan. 30.

The Information Technology staff at ECC is looking into the situation.