Education Sector

VT: Washington County school district looks into possible ransomware attack

WCAX reports: It’s still unclear whether personal student information was stolen during a system hack. The superintendent of the Washington Central Unified Union School District says in a letter Wednesday that its information systems were compromised. Interim Superintendent Jen Miller-Arsenault sent out a letter to families saying the district’s systems have been compromised as...

Over 400,000 German Students Data Leaked by a Flawed API

Manikanta Immann reports: Scoolio is a german app for students, used mainly for educational updates, record keeping, and networking. After informing the flaw to Scoolio’s developer, a fix was released this week to patch the bug. In September, a security researcher named Lilith Wittmann of Zerforchung firm has discovered a flawed API in Scoolio, through which she was...

WI: Janesville schools hit with ransomware attack locking digital systems

Jaymes Langrehr reports: The School District of Janesville says it was hit with a ransomware attack over the weekend, locking students, staff and parents out of several web-based systems and programs. In a Facebook post Monday, the district said their IT team noticed irregularities in the district’s network, and an investigation found code in...

NJ: Pinelands Regional School District Investigates Data Breach

Stephanie Faughnan reports: The Pinelands Regional School District acknowledged last week their investigation of a data breach that included information about personnel and students. In mid-March of this year, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa McCooley received notification from the wife former board president Thomas “Tommy” Williams that her husband would be undergoing an emergency...

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...