Education Sector

MD: Missing HCC flash drive contained personal info on 70 DSS clients

On December 5, Harford Community College learned (pdf) that a flash drive containing personal information had been misplaced by an employee at its WAGE Connection office in Aberdeen, Maryland. The personal information of 70 Department of Social Service clients participating in the WAGE Connection program was on the missing drive and included their name,...

K-STATE: K-State Identifies Computer Security Lapse

Kansas State University is notifying 45 students who were enrolled in an agricultural economics class in spring 2001 that some personal information was inadvertently exposed on the Internet through a K-State departmental Web site. The students whose information was affected were enrolled in AGEC 490 “Computer Applications in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness” during the...

NC: Probe of UNCG security breach finds fewer people put at risk

Ryan Seals reports: A computer breach discovered at UNCG in December didn’t effect as many students and employees as once thought, officials said Wednesday. An investigation of the breach, which was caused by a computer virus, revealed that a possible 275 people may have been impacted from the data loss. The breach was traced...

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...