By ERICKA MELLON
Dec. 2, 2010
Hundreds of thousands of students and employees in the Houston school
district had their Social Security numbers and other personal data
exposed to a suspected computer hacker, HISD officials announced
A criminal investigation, launched in October after district employees
noticed a security breach, has found that the hacking was more severe
than initially thought, leaving students' grades and employees' bank
account information vulnerable.
Only one student's personal records were viewed, and nothing appears to
have been changed, according to authorities, but the suspected hacker
had access to 10 years of private data on students, employees, vendors
and job applicants in the nation's seventh-largest school district.
"This is something that's quite serious," Houston Independent School
District Superintendent Terry Grier said Thursday while announcing a
plan to improve computer security at a cost of $10 million to $15
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