On May 3rd, a large-scale phishing attack occurred targeting Google Mail users using a phony application that was designed to look legitimate. This affected users across the world and spread very quickly. Many news sites and agencies posted their own coverage of the event, for more information I suggest you go straight to the source and see Google's response at this link (this will take you away from the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek webpage).
Internally, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools did have some users that were affected by this attack. The attack propagated by raiding the contact records of infected accounts and spamming out additional requests to those contacts. As such, you may have received a communication that looked like it was from a Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools staff member inviting you to share a document. Chances are this request was false. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.
The good news is, Google was very prompt in shutting down the accounts and applications that perpetuated this attack, and our technology staff members were also prompt in applying local protections to stop this attack from spreading within our environment and out to the people our environment touches. Before we were even aware that Google was shutting down the accounts, we applied our own controls to block out the malicious accounts and prevent sending/receiving data to and from them.
It's important to understand that no data was lost to this attack. No private student information was ever at risk. Here is the statement from Google confirming this:
"While contact information was accessed and used by the campaign, our investigations show that no other data was exposed. There are no further actions users need to take regarding this event; users who want to review third-party apps connected to their account can visit Google Security Checkup."
We take student privacy and security very seriously, and if you have any additional concerns regarding this incident please don't hesitate to contact me, I'll be happy to speak with you.
Director of Technology