Auckland school apologises after porn emailed to pupils

Mt Albert Grammar has apologised to parents and caregivers for a breach of online security that resulted in a pornographic image being emailed to all students.

The school has sent out an email reassuring the school community its security system is under review and an investigation is underway to find out who is responsible.

Principal, Dale Burdon, says the student email database will remain disabled until the school is certain the online security has been restored and there can be no repeat of the offence.

The school has also launched an investigation to find out who is responsible.

Mr Burdon says it appears the person who hacked into the school database used a false gmail account and sent an offensive email "en masse to the school's 2700 student email addresses".

The email contained a single pornographic image, reportedly of a naked woman.

Mr Burdon says student email addresses were disabled as soon as he was alerted by parents.

"Most people understand there'll always be kids who try and get around the system" Mr Burdon told One News.

He says it's too early to be sure but the hacker could be a student.

"It's a bit of a silly season for some kids,"  Mr Burdon says.  "The hacker is IT savvy but what was sent shows signs of immaturity."

Mr Burdon says hacking and sending offensive images constitutes "serious misconduct" but any punishment is yet to be determined.

The school is currently focussed on finding the breach and making its online database secure.