Security Breach Exposes 14,000 Texas Students’ Personal Data

Texas’ Midland Independent School District (MISD) recently began notifying the parents and guardians of approximately 14,000 current and former students that the students’ personal information, including their names, birthdates and Social Security numbers, may have been exposed when a laptop and hard drive were stolen from a district administrator’s car on January 23, 2014 (h/t SC Magazine).

“MISD encourages students and/or families to place a fraud alert on their credit lines and to contact at least one of the three major credit bureaus … We are reviewing (and if needed – changing) all district-wide safety measures to help further ensure the security of confidential information in the future,” MISD superintendent Ryder Warren wrote in a statement [PDF].

Warren told NBC 5 Dallas-Forth Worth that all current students from seventh through twelfth grades are affected, along with all graduates dating back to the high school class of 2008.

While the computer was “coded and password-protected,” Warren said, the hard drive was not.

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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