Education Sector

VT: Randolph-area school district disables its own website following transphobic hack

  Auditi Guha reports: The Orange Southwest Supervisory District’s website was hacked Saturday and inundated with “hate speech, symbols, and photographs targeting transgender invidividuals ,” superintendent Layne Millington wrote community members on Saturday. The incident prompted district leaders to disable its website and social media accounts, Millington wrote, and to refer the matter to...

Bits ‘n Pieces (Trozos y Piezas)

Cl (Update): Failure to patch resulted in an embarrassing government leak Last week, DataBreaches noted that Guacamaya Group hacktivists had leaked emails from El Estado Mayor Conjunto De Chile (EMCO), the advisory body of the Chilean Ministry of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other governments. Now BiobioChile reports the government is considering...

Ca: Yukon education department accidentally leaks student data

Chris Windeyer reports: A few errant keystrokes by an education department worker exposed the data of more than 500 Yukon students, according to a notification obtained by CBC News. “he breach involves a risk of significant harm to your privacy,” reads the letter to affected students. The letter says names, phone numbers, email addresses,...

Sierra College investigating scope of latest ransomware incident

In May 2021, Sierra College in California confirmed that it was hit by a ransomware attack.  Whatever steps the college may have taken to prevent another ransomware attack were apparently not sufficient, however, because Vice Society added the college to its list of “partners” this week. Vice did not post any data at this...

UK: Six UK schools hit by cyberattack on multi-academy trust

Matthew Gooding reports: A cyberattack on a multi-academy trust which runs schools serving 4,500 pupils has left staff without access to digital systems for more than a week, Tech Monitor understands. The Scholars’ Education Trust suffered the breach last week, and at the time of writing many of its internal systems remain offline. The trust runs six schools...

UK: Email blunder sees school send details of vulnerable children to all pupils

David Hannant reports: Parents are calling for an investigation into a Norfolk school after an email containing confidential details of students’ mental health was mistakenly sent to all pupils. Wymondham High Academy has confirmed a staff member accidentally sent a message containing information about children who were referred to its wellbeing services with anxiety to the entire school. Read more...

Aeries Software settles claims over 2019 data breach

There’s an update to a 2019 data breach involving Aeries Software that impacted more than 150 school districts. Top Class Actions reports that Aeries has agreed to pay $1.75 million to resolve claims that the breach compromised personal information of San Dieguito Union High School students. The case is Gupta, et al. v. Aeries...

Kansas school district pulls messaging app after data breach

KWCH reports: Andover Public Schools said it has pulled the popular messaging app, Seesaw after the app was hacked. According to the Seesaw website, the app is used by 10 million teachers, students and family members, but the company declined to say how many users were affected by the hack. In a letter to...