San Benito CISD falls victim to cybersecurity attack

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Hackers attempted to attack the integrity of a local bank and the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District.

According to a release from the San Benito CISD, “in accessing the Front Bank website to process routine automated clearing house transactions, a district employee was fraudulently redirected to a spoofed “dummy site” that perfectly mirrored the genuine Frost Bank website.”

The release stated that Frost Bank’s Fraud Prevention Services Division stopped the wire transfers, which included two totaling $600,000 that were in the process of fraudulently being rerouted to the Republic of Turkey in the Middle East. An additional transfer was also stopped.

A fourth transfer, valued at $296,000, was seized by the U.S. Secret Service and will be returned to the school district.

School district officials said they are working closely with the U.S. Secret Service and Frost Bank.

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