Buffalo Public Schools exposed more than 4,000 records with students’ and parents’ personal information [DISPUTED]

Update: This report has been disputed. BPS claims that their IT department says “this is a dummy test page with no real information.” DataBreaches.net notes that the file was more than 100 pages, populated with information. One record on the first page did appear to be test or dummy data, but because DataBreaches.net did not download the entire file, we are unable to attempt more verification. It did not appear to us or the researcher who found it to be a dummy file, and in some cases, the records appeared to represent multiple children of different ages in the same family. We hope that BPS is right that this was just a “dummy file,” but in the absence of more data, we cannot go further with this at this time and are removing the original post.


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  1. Indee One - November 21, 2016

    This has been founded to be fake data supposedly. I just read and retweeted About this this afternoon.

    • Dissent - November 21, 2016

      Supposedly, yes. Which is why I wrote the note I wrote and deleted the original post. So I’m not sure what your point is. Also, where did Politico report on this? Link?

      • Indee One - November 22, 2016

        I was reading things on my phone the first time because this blog post was sent back to me. I did not see the update originally when I commented. Sometimes there is a lag on my phone (and actually my computer too) with things.

        It was not a link I saw. I mis-wrote. It was the Politico Education reporter Keshia Clukey who sent the tweet out who explained what happened. That was tweeted out at 12:48pm.

  2. Indee One - November 24, 2016

    Also just so you are Aware, the original photos of the database that you deleted, still show up as a snapshot on Android screens

    • Dissent - November 24, 2016

      Those were redacted images anyway. It sounds like an Android issue or cache in your mobile browser.

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