The city’s largest school district is dealing with a software problem that resulted in more than 50 employees having problems with their direct deposits. The employees direct deposits were compromised by unauthorized users into the TEAMS system, a third-party software that operates payroll for the district.

EPISD officials are still trying to figure out how the incident happened and how to prevent it from happening again. The FBI has also gotten involved and the person or persons responsible for the breach will face legal action when they are caught. The good news is the employees who were caught up in the problem were issued paper checks, so they were paid on time.

EPISD says so-called ‘phishing’ is what gave the hacker access to user passwords and ultimately the employees' self-serve direct deposit settings.

Identity theft experts say you should never click on a link in an email that appears suspicious. If you get an email from someone you know and you’re not expecting that email, it’s always best to call and make sure they sent it. Phishers can mask an email to look like it came from someone you know and that gives them access to your information.

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