Education Sector

NY: SBU student charged with identity theft

A Stony Brook University college student has been charged with first-degree identity theft after police arrested him Monday. They allege that Oluwole Owoseni, 22, of Brooklyn, stole the personal information of other students to apply for a student loan and credit card. Owoseni worked at the campus Career Center and the Student Affairs office....

2 students accused of hacking into Pflugerville ISD computers

Two students admit they hacked into Pflugerville ISD school computers and got access to sensitive information, according to an arrest affidavit. Police says Joshua Cook and Kelton Gilmore, both 18, got a hold of security passwords, alarm codes, personal staff information as well as tests. On Dec. 4, Nelson Coulter, principal of Hendrickson High...

MO: Students’ information leaked

Didi Tang reports: Sensitive personal information — including Social Security numbers — for 565 foreign students at MSU was leaked this month when a university office sent an e-mail message with the data inadvertently attached. The school is investigating the incident and will contact all international students, offering answers and options to guard against...

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...