Lindsay Kastner reports:
Confidential information about dozens of San Antonio Independent School District students was exposed on the Internet, apparently for months, and officials were scrambling Friday to repair the security breach.
A Google search by a San Antonio Express-News reader who was checking out an unfamiliar phone number brought up the district’s “Potential Dropout Reports,” which include students’ names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, birth dates, home addresses and reasons the district considered them possible dropouts.
Some students are cited on the records as runaways, homeless or having academic problems.
The reports were posted on a site, which since has been taken down, used by the district’s middle school leadership team. At least seven leaver reports were posted on the site, most with 60 to 70 students’ information, though many of the names are repeated from one report to the next.
Read more on My San Antonio. Although the site was hosted externally, it appears that it was a SAISD employee who erroneously made the files public instead of private.
Update: The breach affected 360 students.