The e-mail account of the Director-General of Australia's New South Wales Department of Education was recently hacked, and a fake e-mail was sent from the account to all department staff.

"New South Wales has cut funding to some areas of public education, a decision that has drawn much criticism from educators and the wider community," writes The Register's Simon Sharwood. "An email purportedly sent by Director-General Dr Michele Bruniges and despatched to all schools and technical colleges in the State saying the government was 'dismantling' technical education was therefore explosive."

"The fake message from Ms Bruniges, who is on leave, lashes out at the injustice of $1.7 billion in education cuts recently announced by the government," Sky News reports.

"'It is an injustice that pledges made by the O'Farrell [government] at the last election regarding education in NSW have not been kept and that infrastructure in NSW is being given a higher priority than public education,' the email says," writes The Sydney Morning Herald's Anna Patty.

"The department sent out a message to all staff, clarifying that the message from Dr Bruniges, who is on leave, is bogus," writes The Australian's Alicia Wood. "'I wish to state that these emails were not written or endorsed by the Director-General or any of her staff,' the message said. 'Information Technology Directorate is investigating this very serious breach.'"