Tennessee School System Hacked

Hackers recently claimed to have accessed the personal information of approximately 110,000 students and employees of Tennessee’s Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS), and published a sample of the data that affects approximately 14,500 people.

“According to local media reports a hacker group calling itself Spex Security obtained the social security numbers, birth dates, school identification numbers and email passwords of students and employees,” Upfront News reports.

“The problem was first discovered when a 911 call was made just before noon on Sunday to the Clarksville Police Department that the records had been hacked,” writes WSMV’s Scott Sutton. “The police department contacted CMCSS, which started investigating what might have been accessed.”

“As a result of the hacking, all school system websites have been shut down,” Clarksville Now reports. “CMCSS is currently seeking outside expertise in additional web security, and have requested law enforcement assistance. The Clarksville Police Department, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have all been contacted.”

“FBI Agent Scott Augenbaum said the Joint Cybercrime Task Force has taken the case and will investigate,” writes The Leaf-Chronicle’s Chris Smith. “Cyber crime is a growing problem across the country. ‘We’re seeing a large increase in these types of breaches in all sectors,’ Augenbaum said.”

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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