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Hackers get into Round Rock ISD website

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Police are still searching for the suspect who turned the Round Rock ISD website into an x-rated network over the weekend. Computer experts say hacking incidents like this are happening all too often.

When you go on the Round Rock ISD website, it says it is currently unavailable. A spokesperson told us it will stay that way until police finish collecting evidence; that is there top concern.

For those logging onto the website Saturday night, they got more than they bargained for. Vulgar photos and language were up for at least two hours before being taken down.

Round Rock ISD says it was an outside server with public information that was hacked, not their inside server with any of the students' information.

However, there could be other risks depending on what all was on the website.

"There's absolutely the possibility that your data from that contact form or something of that nature could be held on the site in an unencrypted form, easily readable by somebody who shouldn't be able to," said Jason Smith, Vintage IT Services.

Jason Smith with Vintage IT Services says the probability of someone hacking into the Round Rock ISD internal system isn't as great since critical data is normally better protected.

"Typically at a web-hosting provider the security policies are not as detailed as what you would have on your internal protected networks," said Jason Smith, Vintage IT Services.

We are told hackers are always scanning the IP addresses of individuals and businesses, placing your information at constant risk.

"Just while we were sitting here, somebody from that IP address tried to access our network and was blocked," said Jason Smith, Vintage IT Services.

Norton's cyber crime report for 2012 shows that there are a million or more victims of cyber crime a day, which breaks down to 50,000 every hour, 820 every minute and 14 every second.

It also finds that cyber crime is bigger than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined and approaching the value of all global drug trafficking.

When hacking occurs to a website, Smith said the businesses' reputation is often damaged, trust among customers can be lost, and it can be catastrophic if critical data is compromised.

"85 percent or more of small businesses that get attacked do not have back-ups of that data, they go under within the first month because they cannot recover," said Jason Smith, Vintage IT Services.

A spokesperson for the school says officials will file charges against the person responsible, regardless of their age.

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