Education Sector

AL: Computer Hacking at UA (updated)

Diana Moorer reports: Thousands of people in West Alabama are learning their personal information could be at risk. According to a University of Alabama spokesperson, a small portion of the university’s computer system was recently breached by a hacker. UA said they discovered the intrusion and took steps to block further unauthorized access. The...

More p2p fiascos

Rian from RedTeam Protection, a division of Tony Josephs and Sons Investigations Inc., just sent me another batch of p2p cockups that exposed personal — and in some cases — sensitive medical — information. In each case, RedTeam advised the entity and/or helped ensure removal of the filesharing application. Some of these breaches are...

JP: Personal data of 4,210 students, teachers lost

An external hard disc containing the personal information of 4,210 people, including students’ academic records and the addresses of graduates and teachers, has been lost from Ritsumeikan Junior and Senior High School in Kyoto, the school announced Thursday. Believing the disc, which disappeared on Feb. 7, may have been stolen, Ritsumeikan filed a complaint...

Purdue U. mailing error exposes 1099 forms of temporary employees

Purdue University reported a breach that occurred in January on Feb.3 on their site: A potential problem involving 1099 forms may affect individuals or organizations who were employed on a temporary basis by Purdue University in 2008. Due to a mailing error, some of these forms were inadvertently sent to the wrong individual or...

WA: Student finds ‘back door’ in YCS program

Megan Hansen reports: Yelm Community Schools shut down its computer account system Skyward after a student discovered a potential security breach. “A student showed us a back door,” said Director of Technology Dennis Wallace. “We immediately shut down access to Skyward.” Skyward is a computer account system that the school, students and parents can...