Education Sector

Francis Howell SD laptop stolen

The Francis Howell School District is warning employees that a laptop computer theft could have compromised personal information. District spokeswoman Jennifer Gasper said the computer could have contained names and Social Security numbers for 1,700 noncertified employees. Anyone who worked for the district from 2005 through 2008 could be affected, she said....

UCSD cancer center health info breach

Thirty thousand patients at University of California, San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center have been notified of a hack last month that resulted in access to their protected health information. Read more from the Associated Press.

Leander ISD security breach

Last week, Leander School District in Texas notified parents of special needs students that someone had gained accessed to the students’ information. But it’s not clear what the motive was behind the access. According to KEYE-TV: District spokesperson Dick Ellis tells CBS 42 the district acted quickly and that there was no time lapse...

Western Beaver Sues ESB Bank

Western Beaver School District has sued Ellwood City-based ESB Bank, saying the bank allowed someone to siphon more than $700,000 from two accounts while school administrators were off during the Christmas break in December and January. The district says it’s still missing nearly $450,000. According to the suit filed in Beaver County Court, someone...

Laptops stolen from Springfield (OH) schools

Ten laptop computers stolen from Keifer Alternative School June 30 contained information about students with disabilities, but not social security numbers, Springfield City Schools Interim Superintendent Don Thompson said. The district sent letters home to parents of students who were affected following the theft, said Thompson. The laptops belonged to employees of the district’s...

Two arrested in UCM breach

As a follow-up to a University of Central Missouri breach reported in June, digitalsburg.com reports that two arrests have been made: a former campus police officer and his wife, James and Amanda Drake. According to the web site, 15 of the students’ information has been used to commit fraudulent activity including opening bank accounts...

Canyons SD thumb drive missing

Canyons School District officials are investigating the disappearance of a thumb drive that may have contained the personal information of more than 6,000 current and recent employees. The flash drive is believed to have contained employee addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. A district-level worker was using it to transfer...

FL DOE loses loan promissory notes

Bill Cotterell of the Tallahassee Democrat reports a breach involving the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance: The agency is notifying 475 student-loan borrowers that their financial records have been exposed to identity theft because the OSFA managed to lose 1,186 “promissory notes” that they signed when they were going to...

Possible Haverhill HS security breach

Did he or didn’t he? Did she or didn’t he? And were they or weren’t they? School administrators in Haverhill, Massachusetts are looking into a police report based on school personnel allegations that a secretary who was allegedly having an affair with a student gave that student access to computer files he should not...

Redford USD Mail Error Exposes SSNs

Employees in the Redford Union School District noticed a problem Tuesday with a mailing they received telling them about a new dental coverage plan. The envelopes that contained the information had the employees’ social security numbers listed on the address labels, where the zip codes should have been…. The district said the dental coverage...