CT: Hacker stole $87,000 from Putnam school account

A computer hacker last year stole more than $87,000 from the Putnam Public School department’s payroll account, according to information released Friday by the superintendent of schools.

The FBI and Putnam police have been working for more than a year to solve the case.

Superintendent of Schools William Hull released information about the investigation in a press release Friday, after obtaining permission from the law enforcement agencies.

According to the release, the school district was notified on Aug. 6, 2009, that the payroll account had been overdrawn. The district notified the Putnam police, who called in the FBI, according to the release.

“It is believed that one of the computers in our business department was infected with spyware allowing the hacker to gain access to our bank account,” the release said. “The hacker then wired $87,990 to other accounts throughout the United States. Money was then wired overseas.”

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