Education Sector

TN: Howard Student Investigated for Identity Theft

David Carroll reports: A Howard High School student is being investigated on several counts of identity theft, according to officials from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Chattanooga Police Department. The student, reportedly a 15-year-old male, has been the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Fraud Department in Chattanooga and School Resource...

OR: Stolen laptop creates a stir at Southwestern

Erica Rush reports: The privacy of hundreds of community college students is put at risk, after someone steals a laptop computer from the campus at Southwestern Oregon Community College. The school issued a press release on Friday stating that a new computer that contained student records for approximately 200 current and former students at...

PA: Police: School data hacked, grades altered

Pottsville police anticipate filing charges against one or more computer hackers who unlawfully made changes to an online grading system used by Pottsville Area School District. “You had some people who hacked into a school-functioned, online site and found ways to change data that was put in there,” Pottsville police Capt. Ronald J. Moser...

NE: E-mail spurs NECC to file libel suit

A Nebraska college is suing the unknown person or people who sent an e-mail to state officials and the news media that college officials say was intended to embarrass the school. The lawsuit filed Monday in Madison County District Court says the e-mail signed by “necc–student” complained that a Northeast Community College student was...

OH: ID-theft protection extended to more school employees

Jennifer Smith Richards reports: Roughly 800 Columbus schools employees are being offered free credit monitoring services, just in case their information was compromised, the district said today. A computer printout with at least 50 employees’ personal information, including Social Security numbers, was found during a police raid on an East Side home Saturday. Until...

OR: Stolen computer contains participants’ personal information

A laptop computer containing data files for Youth Transition Program (YTP) participants was stolen from a University of Oregon employee near the end of October, and some of those files contained the names and social security numbers of YTP participants. The theft appeared to be random and the computer was password protected. There is...

CCS Security Breach May Not Be 1st

Donna Willis provides some additional information on the breach involving Columbus City School employees: NBC 4’s Ana Jackson GOT ANSWERS and found out this incident might not have been the district’s first security breach. NBC 4 found out the district ran into a similar problem last year. A district employee whom detectives believe...

OH: CCS Employees’ Personal Info Found During Police Raid

Columbus City Schools experienced a security breach, resulting in employees’ Social Security numbers being at risk. A raid conducted by Columbus police Thursday turned up the Social Security numbers of 80 to 100 CCS employees, NBC 4‘s Lauren Diedrich reported. The information was part of a mailing that appears to have been intercepted while...

NY: Hackers steal 450 Social Security numbers from U. of Rochester

Meaghan M. McDermott reports: Personal information including Social Security numbers of about 450 current and former University of Rochester students was stolen by hackers this week from a UR database. According to the university, the information was taken from a non-academic student database and copied illegally to an off-campus IP address. The breach was...

JP: Info on 110,000 students leaked

Personal information containing names, addresses, telephone numbers and bank account numbers used for paying tuition on all 110,000 students enrolled in Kanagawa prefectural senior high schools in fiscal 2006 was leaked–and remains–on the Internet because the involved parties have been unable to get it removed. Last September, the board of education received a fax...