Investigation after Crawley school’s Twitter account ‘hacked’

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A Crawley school is investigating a ‘serious incident’ after its twitter account was hacked.

Oriel High School, in Maidenbower Lane, is looking into a serious security breach after discovering ‘inappropriate material’ had been posted on its Twitter account on Sunday (March 22).

A school spokesman said: “We are taking it very seriously, we think it’s a serious offence.

“We are carrying out an investigation at the moment and until that investigation is complete the account will remain deactivated.

“We are taking it very seriously and we will not know who is responsible until the investigation is complete.”

Oriel’s Twitter profile has now been deactivated.

The spokesman added: “Some inappropriate material was posted on the site.

“We believe it was hacked in the early hours of Sunday morning around midnight. We discovered it later that morning.”

A statement was posted on the school’s website immediately after the problem was discovered.

It read: “The Oriel twitter site has been temporarily deactivated.

“Security of the site was breached in the early hours of Sunday morning. Recent posts were not posted by Oriel staff and are not representative of our school.”

Police have been informed.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “On Sunday March 22 we received a report that inappropriate material had been posted on the Oriel High School, Crawley, Twitter account.

“The school de-activated the account. They were advised to contact Twitter to discuss any further security measures.

“The Surrey and Sussex Police Computer Crime Unit will also examine the report to consider what further police enquiries will be necessary.”