Education Sector

CA: Woodlake Unified District student and personnel data dumped after ransomware incident

Woodlake Unified District in California includes Castle Rock Elementary, Francis J. White Learning Center, Woodlake Educational Options Program, Woodlake Union High School, and Woodlake Valley Middle School.  On April 11, the district took to Facebook to alert the community to a ransomware incident that occurred on April 9. Image: DataBreaches.net For months, the breach...

Viewing website HTML code is not illegal or “hacking,” prof. tells Missouri gov.

Jon Brodkin reports: The cybersecurity professor who helped uncover the Missouri government’s failure to protect teachers’ Social Security numbers has demanded that the state cease its investigation into him and stop making “baseless accusations” that he committed a crime. As we reported on October 14, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson threatened to prosecute and seek civil...

Pakistani agents hack Sambalpur University website

WCE3 reports: In a shocking incident, some Pakistani agents reportedly hacked the official website of Sambalpur University in Odisha today. According to reports, the University’s website’s page ‘grievance.suniv.ac.in’ was hacked by the agents who wrote ‘hacked by Devil Killer.’ Hacking of the website came to the fore as some students were using it for...

Ohio State University email gaffe creates a FERPA breach

An email gaffe due to not using bcc: instead of cc: or TO:  revealed almost 400 Ohio State University students’ disability status to other students.  Read the story on The Lantern. Note that this is a FERPA issue, and there really is no requirement for breach notification to those impacted, but the unintended disclosure...

Chico State employee charged with hacking, leaking vaccine exemption requests

Austin Herbaugh reports: A Chico State employee has been charged with criminal hacking after officials say he leaked vaccine exemption requests and personal information from some students. 22-year-old Alejandro Benitez is accused of publishing a list of Chico State students who applied for a religious exemption from the university’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Read more...

Popular student monitoring software could have exposed thousands to hacks

Mark Keierleber reports: A monitoring company that thousands of schools used during remote and hybrid learning to ensure students were on task may have inadvertently exposed millions of kids to hackers online, according to a September report by the security software company McAfee. The research, conducted by the McAfee Enterprise Advanced Threat Research team, discovered...