MONTANA — Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry confirmed Sunday that the domestic terrorist behind the threats to schools has now hacked into the Columbia Falls School District server.
The suspect was able to gain access to the personal information of students and parents, sending threatening messages to phone numbers he retrieved from the database.
Columbia Falls Police Chief Clint Peters said that there is no immediate threat to the public but that his department received word about the messages around 3PM Saturday. He said it wasn’t clear the extent of the information the hacker obtained, but around 15 to 20 messages had been reported thus far.
He warned citizens that if they receive a text from a number they don’t recognize do not engage in conversation. Instead, report the incident to police and stay tuned to local news outlets for further information.
“Our law enforcement agencies are remaining vigilant, proactive, and investigating each of these threats as leads,” Peters said in a press release. “As I stated before, this community is strong and resilient and will not let this person paralyze our community with his digital threats. Stay strong Columbia Falls we will get through this together.”
Curry said that the suspect has gone to great lengths to conceal his electronic identity, and that national law enforcement agents are aiding in the investigation.
“We are trying to determine his exact location of where he is, but we believe we are getting closer,” said Curry.
Officials are getting assistance both nationally and internationally to determine both the identity and the location, in the U.S. or internationally, of the suspect in this case. Curry says they made and continue to make progress in those efforts.
“For all the law enforcement agencies here, public safety, safety of our schools and the safety of our children, are of our paramount concern, we are doing everything to bring that person to justice,” said Curry.
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