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Hacker targets LOSD website, Twitter, emails; STEM camp planned July 23-27 at LOJ; On the schedule

An email that purported to come from the Lake Oswego School District last week was actually a phishing expedition by scammers.

Hacker targets LOSD website, Twitter, emails

The Lake Oswego School District experienced a few technical issues last week when the district's Twitter account and the email account of Christine Moses, the district's executive director of communications, were compromised by hackers.

The problems started on July 4, when an email from "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." urged recipients to click on a link for more information about a new program in which 200 students would receive full scholarships to any four-year university.

The only problem? The email was a scam. No such program exists, and the Google Doc at the end of the link allowed hackers to steal user passwords.

Shortly after the phishing attempt, Moses sent an email to parents urging them not to click on the link, and she told The Review that legitimate emails from the district usually include the name of the sender — whether that's Moses, a principal or a parent sending something to a PTO group.

"(Communications Assistant) Beth Starr and I are the only two people who can send anything districtwide," Moses said. "Principals can send to their own school parents and teachers, but not districtwide."

Two days later, Moses' email account was hacked, along with the district's Twitter account and its website. The person who hacked the Twitter account posted a boastful tweet: "HACKED BY @choppiq."

The LOSD website was down for a short time, but was back up and running by Monday. Moses has also regained control of her email, but the district's Twitter account remains shut down.

And the hackers have yet to be identified.

STEM camp planned July 23-27 at LOJ

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment program that focuses on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention, is coming to Lake Oswego this month.

The camp, which is designed for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade, is scheduled from July 23-27 at Lake Oswego Junior High School (2500 Country Club Road). Daily sessions run from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; cost of the camp is $270.

Using hands-on activities, Camp Invention promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; builds resourcefulness and problem-solving skills; and encourages entrepreneurship, all in a fun and engaging environment. Hands-on activities include:

Optibot: Campers will launch into the future with their own Optibot — a small, self-driving robot that senses changes in light;

Robotic Pet Vet: Throughout this module, campers nurse their robotic puppy back to health and design and build dog parks as they hammer out ideas for the best park attractions;

Mod My Mini Mansion: Campers will dream up and design their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovations; and

Stick To It: Campers will invent something new every day as they explore what it is like to be a physicist, engineer and entrepreneur.

For more information, go to www.campinvention.org or call the Lake Oswego School District's Community School at 503-534-2302.

On the schedule

School Board retreat (July 16, 18 and 19): School Board members will gather in the Lake Oswego High library (2501 Country Club Road) for their annual retreat from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday next week, with a regular board meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday in the district administrative building (2455 Country Club Road). All sessions are open to the public.

— The Review

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