Disregard this message: Hacker shares X-rated image in Seesaw app

The image was "an infamous meme photo of a man engaged in an explicit act," NBC News reported.

Parents using Seesaw’s messaging function to communicate with teachers got an unpleasant and X-rated surprise Wednesday. Accounts on the widely used learning management system’s messaging app were hacked, and families and teachers around the country received a link to an “inappropriate image,” the company announced.

Seesaw disabled its messaging tool as it began investigating the cyberattack early Wednesday morning. By midday, it had removed the message, reset passwords for all affected accounts and relaunched the message feature. The company also told users to refresh their browsers and apps to delete any cached versions of the image, which, according to NBC News, was “an infamous meme photo of a man engaged in an explicit act.”

Before service was restored, the Schodack Central School District in New York was among many systems that warned families not to open any Seesaw messages from teachers or other users. Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 urged families on Facebook not to open any Bit.ly shortened links sent in a Seesaw message.

Districts in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were also among those hit by the cyberattack, according to media reports.

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Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick
Matt Zalaznick is a life-long journalist. Prior to writing for District Administration he worked in daily news all over the country, from the NYC suburbs to the Rocky Mountains, Silicon Valley and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He's also in a band.

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