Reuters reports that nearly 4,000 independent school district’s websites have been hacked, and your children’s sensitive information may be sold on the black market.
The first report of a breach was on 4/18/16, and affected the entirety of students Los Angeles Unified School District. Since then many of the nations largest school districts have been affected.
The information that is now in the hands of ISIS cyber-warriors includes, but is not limited to;
- Phone number(s)
- Home address
- Public school transportation route(s)
- Passwords, which students may share with social media accounts and personal email accounts
- In some districts, social securities numbers are also stored digitally
This information is enough to open various accounts in your children’s name for a multitude of purposes.
The U.S. Cyber Command is suggesting that children in the affected districts change all of their social media and email passwords. Even so, the damage may have already been done.
The following school districts have been confirmed as affected.
New yourk City Department of Education
Chicago Public Schools
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Clark County School District
Broward County Public Schools
Houston Independent School District
HillsBorough County Public Schools
Hawai’i Department of Education
Orange County Public Schools
School District of Palm Beach County
Fairfax County Public Schools
School District of Philadelphia
Gwinnett County Public Schools
Dallas Independent School District
Wake County Public School System
Montgomery County Public Schools
San Diego Unified School District
Prince George’s County Public Schools
Duval County Public Schools
Memphis County Schools
Cobb County School District
Baltimore County Public Schools
Northside Independant School District
Although the U.S. Cyber Command says nearly 4,000 school districts are affected, these are the only districts they have named so far. Please come back to this page as we will update the list as more information is released.