Education Sector

MO: Grain Valley School District investigates cyberattack

Heidi Schmidt and Jonathan Katz report: The Grain Valley School District confirms it is investigating a cyberattack. “Basically what first went down was the printers,” student Nathan Rathmann said Wednesday about how his last three days have changed in school. “Then throughout the day, we had buggy Wi-Fi. Our power school went completely down,...

Hundreds of students have personal emails exposed in data breach at University of Limerick

Donal Macnamee reports: Hundreds of people had their personal email addresses exposed in a significant data breach at the University of Limerick (UL), the Business Post has learned. The incident, which took place in August, impacted Central Applications Office (CAO) applicants considering studying at the university, and has been referred to the Data Protection Commission (DPC)....

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...