Hackers have been using a Bay Area school district's computer system to try hack into top secret government agencies.
Like all school districts, the San Mateo Union High School District is heavily computerized with general public access and password only access to many of its files, but the district discovered a security breach after receiving a strange communication.
"It seems like a very strange communication because the United States Naval Intelligence contacted us and said that one of our servers had been compromised," said Kirk Back, the district's superintendent.
The system was compromised by unknown hackers trying to get to information in the FBI and the Central Intelligence Administration.
Naval intelligence said the hackers were using several innocent parties' servers to bounce around the Internet with their final targets the FBI and CIA.
Their method makes it extremely difficult to trace the hackers.
"We've been told that our firewall wasn't breached at all, but they did get to our server," Black said. "They used it for whatever purpose they used it for to cover their tracks and that's what they did, but they never got through our firewall, which would be where that type of information is."
Since there was no breach, Black said the government asked the district to leave the server up and running in an attempt to track the hackers.
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