Education Sector

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...