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Spammer targets Forest Grove student email list with pornographic images

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Forest Grove High School (file image) Forest Grove High School (file image)

Students at Forest Grove High School received an unexpected barrage of emails Wednesday night.

A spammer mass emailed pornographic images to every high school student with a district Gmail account.

Students contacted FOX 12 about the situation Wednesday evening, describing the emails as "wildly inappropriate" and "super offensive."

On Thursday, a Forest Grove School District spokesperson said it appears the spammer obtained the master list of Gmail addresses for high school students and sent them all pornographic images.

The district has temporarily suspended the Gmail accounts while they conduct an investigation.

Administrators are working with Google and law enforcement to try and determine who sent the emails. The district is also working to take steps to prevent this from happening again.

No possible suspect information was immediately available.  

Principal Karen O'Neill, in a letter to parents, said student data was not compromised and the network was not "hacked."

"We are appalled by the content of these emails and regret that students would receive this type of material in their email in-boxes. As a result, we have temporarily suspended all student Gmail accounts. Students still have access to all other Google apps," she said.

District technology staff is working to delete all the inappropriate emails from student Gmail accounts. 

The district has posted additional information on this incident at this link

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