Education Sector

Allen ISD cybersecurity update: personal information of more than 500 employees hacked in September 2021

Jay Wallis provides an update on the Allen ISD ransomware incident first reported by the district in September. Part of the district’s newly revealed findings: According to the investigation, there is no evidence that any unauthorized user got into Allen ISD’s databases, including the Student Information and Financial databases. District officials said they determined...

Cyber Attacks On Schools: Who, What, Why and Now What?

Alyson Klein reports: Shadowy criminal gangs with sinister names like The Dark Overlord are terrorizing schools. They hack into district networks and then demand hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom payments, making threats of terrible consequences if schools do not agree to hand over the money. It’s a growing problem that’s now tougher...

Williamsville CSD reveals 2021 cybersecurity breach

Spectrum News reports: The Williamsville Central School District says it was the victim of a cybersecurity breach in December. The district says a limited number of spam emails containing potential malicious links were sent to parents by an unauthorized user. The district says the State Education Department was immediately notified and the incident was...

East Bay Community College Data Breached In Ransomware Attack

Shawn Taylor reports: Ohlone College was hacked in late January and the private information of some current and former students, staff and faculty was compromised, including Social Security and bank account numbers, according to school officials. The community college said in a Feb. 4 notice on its website and letters sent to students it...

‘They pretty much had access to everything’: WFAA reveals the masterminds behind last year’s Dallas ISD cyber breach. And it’s not who you think.

Tanya Eiserer and Jason Trahan report: The email arrived just after midnight on a Sunday last August. Addressed to Dallas Independent School District trustees and other top officials, the anonymous authors said the district had been the victim of a massive cyberbreach. They claimed to have access and downloaded huge amounts of student grade...

NY State Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School District Audits

Arkport Central School District – Network Access Controls (2021M-162) January 28, 2022 Quick Facts about the District: Enabled Network User Accounts Student 489 Non-Student 259 Total 748 IT Vendor Contract Services 2021 Expenditures $602,824 Audit Period July 1, 2020 – September 21, 2021 Audit Objective Determine whether Arkport Central School District (District) officials ensured...