MN: South Washington School District investigating student hacking incident

Jessie Bekker reports:

The South Washington County school district is tightening security after a high school student hacked into the district’s server and took names, Social Security numbers and some addresses.

According to a letter sent to teachers and staffers last week by Superintendent Keith Jacobus, the student downloaded the data to an external hard drive in early January.

Files for more than 15,000 people were downloaded, said district spokeswoman Barbara Brown. Of that number, 478 people actually had their files opened.

But the district said that the student — who was not identified — provided a sworn statement that no personal data was shared, copied or misused. Forensic evidence collected so far indicates the same thing, said Bob Berkowitz, the district’s technology director.

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