Education Sector

MO: Envelope glitch gives peek at data

Janese Heavin reports: Rex Cone is always concerned about identity theft. So he was especially worried when he received a tax form from the University of Missouri last week that allowed his Social Security number to be displayed through the envelope’s window. “With all of the public service announcements saying to look out for...

Audit: Some Ohio University computers not immune to hackers

Dave Hendricks reports: Computers at two Ohio University campuses contained Social Security numbers that weren’t encrypted or protected from theft, internal auditors told university trustees in a meeting today. The findings, which come nearly four years after hackers breached five university servers containing medical records and Social Security numbers, underscore the difficulty of...

Western Michigan U. exposed student info on web

On December 14, Western Michigan University discovered that some student employees’ names, addresses, department, and Social Security numbers were exposed on a WMU web page “for a brief period of time.” According to a notification sent by ID Experts to the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office on December 22, the university secured the information...

OR: Hackers crack security on Eugene school employee info

KVAL reports: Hackers breached the security a computer server containing the names, phone numbers and employee ID numbers of current and former Eugene School District employees, the district said Tuesday. The server in question did not contain other personal information but was attached to servers that contain Social Security numbers and other sensitive data,...

Hacker steals $3M from Duanesburg schools

Paul Nelson reports: A computer hacker stole $3 million from the Duanesburg Central School District last month and transferred the money to overseas banks, school officials said today. The thefts occurred between Dec. 18 and Dec. 21. The district’s bank, NBT Bank, noticed the questionable money transfers on Dec. 22 and alerted the district,...

MA: Data breaches affect million state residents

Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe had an article in today’s paper about the 807 breach notifications the state received over a two-year period. The article referenced some breaches not previously reported in the media: Smaller incidents include the theft in October of three laptop computers from the Springfield accounting firm Moriarty & Primack....

Official: No computer security breach at Behrend

Gerry Weiss reports: A computer security breach at Pennsylvania State University that may have exposed thousands of Social Security numbers did not disclose personal information of any students, faculty or staff associated with its Erie branch campus, officials here said. Penn State Behrend, which experienced its own computer-related security breach in late January 2009,...

WA: 130,000 at risk after computer breach at EWU

Levi Pulkkinen reports: Following a computer breach earlier in December, Eastern Washington University will be notifying 130,000 current and former students that their identifying information may have been compromised. While it remains unclear whether any students or alumni have had their identities stolen due to the breach, officials with the Cheney-based university are preparing...

Update on Penn State’s malware breaches

From their newsroom: Although most offices are winding down for the holidays, Penn State’s privacy office remains active. The University currently is working to notify nearly 30,000 individuals about privacy breaches that may have exposed their personally identifying information. Malware infections to University computers caused all of the breaches, which occurred in the Eberly...