Education Sector

MO: Rockwood School District Provides Notice of Ransomware Incident

EUREKA, Mo., Aug. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Rockwood School District (the “District”) today is providing information about a recent event that may impact the privacy of some personal data related to current and former employees and students.  The confidentiality, privacy, and security of information in the District’s care is one of its highest priorities and the District...

Dozens Of Texas School Districts Hammered By Cyberattacks, I-Team Finds

Brian New reports: A rising number of cyberattacks on Texas schools is exposing a troubling vulnerability. A CBS 11 I-Team investigation found in the past two years at least 67 school districts in Texas have suffered a cybersecurity breach. The incidents range from teachers accidentally emailing student personal information out to the whole class...

Pearson to pay $1M fine for misleading investors about 2018 data breach

Carly Page reports: Pearson, a London-based publishing and education giant that provides software to schools and universities has agreed to pay $1 million to settle charges that it misled investors about a 2018 data breach resulting in the theft of millions of student records. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement on Monday after...

Brooklyn Tech students uncovered a NYC schools data breach.

Pooja Salhotra reports: Teachers’ social security numbers, student academic records, and families’ home addresses are among the dozens of pieces of information a group of tech savvy high school students stumbled across on Google Drive this year. The documents — many of which contained confidential information — were leaked because of a quirk in...

k-12 school districts fall prey to Pysa ransomware

—– A DataBreaches.net report by Dissent and Chum1ng0 —– In Part 1 of this series, DataBreaches.net described a number of attacks by Pysa (mespinoza) threat actors on medical entities in the U.S. In Part 2, we look at eight k-12 public school districts in the U.S. who either appear on the threat actors’ dedicated...

Vision for Hope notification of data security incident

Hope started as a school in Illinois for children with disabilities, but it expanded its mission over the years. This is a notification they posted on August 3: Vision for Hope (“Hope”) recently discovered an incident that may have involved the personal information or protected health information of some of its patients or other...

Data leak affects about 3,000 NYC students and 100 employees, officials confirm

Pooja Salhotra reports: Personal information, including academic records and biographical data, of about 3,000 New York City public school students and 100 education department staff members was inadvertently shared more widely than intended, education department officials confirmed on Thursday. At least one student within the public school system managed to access a Google Drive...