East Texas area school officials: Scope of computer breach still unclear

Meredith Shamburger provides an update to a previously reported incident:

More than a week after several East Texas school districts were notified of a computer security breach that exposed personal information, officials say they still don’t know how many of their students have been affected.

The Texas Department of Agriculture notified nine area districts that students in their schools had personal information, such as names, Social Security numbers and home addresses, compromised by an October hack.

“They told us it was about 700 (students) total in all of the school districts they listed, and at that time they didn’t have a list of who from each district was affected or how many students from each district,” Gladewater ISD Superintendent Sedric Clark said. “I haven’t received anything from them since.”

New Diana, Ore City, Gilmer, Gladewater, Harleton, Karnack, Union Grove and Union Hill ISDs along with Harrison County Juvenile Services were notified of the breach.

State officials said it does not appear any exposed student information has been misused.

The Texas Department of Agriculture oversees school breakfast and lunch programs, which is why school districts were affected. Officials said a daily security monitoring had found malware on one employee’s computer.

Read more on Longview News-Journal.

Update: A complete list of the 39 districts affected can be found here (h/t, Doug Levin and The K-12 Cyber Incident Map (by EdTech Strategies).


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