Sep 232014

Blayne Alexander reports:

Atlanta Public School officials are investigating a computer hacking incident at Grady High School. According to a district spokesperson, nearly 200 computers were affected.

On Sept. 4th, Grady High School principal Timothy Guiney sent a letter to parents, explaining the situation.

“The perpetrator(s) have transmitted threatening comments on one occasion and also transmitted explicit sexual content,” the letter read.

A Grady insider told 11Alive’s Blayne Alexander that both teachers and students were affected, and many of the messages popped up on the screen as students were working in the classrooms. Guiney’s letter indicates the hacking incidents occurred over a three-day period.

Read more on 11Alive.

Sep 222014

Earlier this month, Rick Dean reported:

Kansas State University officials say an internal error may have exposed on the Internet personal information from candidates seeking admission to the school’s graduate program in agronomy.

In a news release Wednesday, school officials said 19 persons who had applied for admission to graduate programs between 2010 and 2013 have been notified that personal information from their applications may have been exposed.

The school said the possible leak wasn’t the result of any external hacking effort.

Read more on CJOnline.

Sep 222014

Jeremy Maskel reports:

Omaha Burke High School Principal Dr. Deborah Frison apologized in an email to families Wednesday, after an earlier email included an attachment with more than 2,000 students’ home addresses, phone numbers and student ID numbers. The email did not include any Social Security numbers.

Read more on KETV.


Sep 202014

WTXL reports that five people have been indicted in a tax refund fraud scheme that included two employees misusing their access to databases.

One of those indicted, Katrina Pratt, had been an administrative assistant in human resources at Florida A & M University (FAMU), and allegedly used the identities of 40 students there as part of the scheme.

Another one of those indicted was a current Osceola County Deputy Sheriff, Titus Lee Dixon. The SunSentinel reports that he was placed on administrative leave when the Internal Revenue Service alerted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office about the investigation last December. He is charged with misusing Florida law enforcement databases to obtain identify information for the scheme.

There were about 150 victims of the scheme.

Sep 172014

Kerry Kavanaugh reports:

A Henry County woman is outraged after she purchased a used filing cabinet and found students’ personal information inside.

The files had the Brandon Hall School logo and so much more. Elizabeth Darsey found them in a used filing cabinet she purchased at a used furniture warehouse.

“Disciplinary actions, legal actions, lawsuits, employment issues, everything,” Darsey told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

Brandon Hall is a private school in Sandy Springs. The files date back to the 2003-2004 school year and include information about students and staff.

Kavanaugh found copies of personal checks from school donors, expulsion letters, even information from someone’s job application.

“It includes his family name, his given name, his country of origin, his Social Security number,” Darsey said. “I think they need to contact every parent and student that is included in this to let them know.”

Read more on WSBTV