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No sensitive information breached in school website hack

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A hacker who put messages supporting "ISIS" on two Acadiana school board websites is now under investigation by the FBI. The hack is part of a larger, nationwide hack affecting about 800 school websites.

Iberia and St. Martin Parish school systems' regular web pages were replaced for a few hours Monday morning with an apparent pro-ISIS message.

"I saw first hand that there was a photo of Saddam Hussein and it was written in Arabic. It was "there is no god but god, Mohammed is the prophet of god," said Superintendent of St. Martin schools, Lottie Beebe.

St. Martin and Iberia Parish officials say the hack did not compromise any personal information.

"The hack itself did not happen on our services or district whatsoever. I'm in charge of our internal servers and firewalls and all of those type of protections, but it never went to us at all, and it wasn't like we were personally attacked," said Christine Foster, a supervisor for computer services in St. Martin Parish.

"To give reassurance to parents, no student data was jeopardized in any way," said Superintendent Beebe.

Iberia Superintendent Dale Henderson said student data is managed locally, and the hack did not affect their files either.

Both parishes contracted with a Georgia-based company, schooldesk.net, for a turn-key website. The company offers templates for informational sites for school systems, and operates those sites for about 800 school systems nationwide. 

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