Pine Forge Academy Threatened to Pay $1Million or Get Hacked

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On December 16, 2014, Pine Forge Academy, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding school in Berks, County, Pennsylvania, received a threat in an e-mail. The threat was to either pay 900,00 dollars or get hacked. This e-mail was anonymous and the school was threatened damaged to the computer system and property.

In this e-mail, the hacker wrote that they worked for an organization called “Hearts of the People.” They also claimed to have taken out 57 institutions in the past, and to have orders to take out this one as well. This threatening e-mail has become a very big issue of concern for Pine Forge among the students, parents, staff, and faculty. Headmistress Nicole Falconer released a statement about the threat, saying “We have no information about why this monetary ransom was made. The school authorities are cooperating with police authorities as they investigate this matter and will keep us posted on any further developments.”

The school has not given into the demands specified in the e-mail by paying the $900,00. All parents of students at Pine Forge Academy have been told about the threat and many have expressed concern as they have already had to deal with 70 students being forced out of their dorms by a two-alarm fire. The Pennsylvania State Police are currently investigating the situation to find out where this threat came from and to ensure the safety of the school. Once the person who made the threat is found, they will face a series of serious charges.

What do you think about this threat being made to Pine Forge Academy? Please share your thoughts in a comment below.



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