Fake School Superintendent Tricks Employee into Releasing Teacher Tax Forms

Education // Washington , United States

An email configured to look as though it had originated from Olympia School District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich’s work account was sent to one of his staffers. The message asked for a list of employee names, addresses, salary information and Social Security numbers.

At noon on April 12, the employee sent the outside entity the requested information. School officials learned about the fraudulent email, known as a phishing attack, later that afternoon, toward the end of business hours.

Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., school officials notified Olympia Police, the IRS, the Attorney General’s Office and the Federal Trade Commission. Officials then sent an email to all employees at about 7:15 p.m.

District employees who received a W-2 form for the calendar year Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2015, are affected by the data breach.

The attacker did not get a hold of students’ information.