Hacker threat put HISD records at risk

Hacker threat put HISD records at risk
Hacker threat put HISD records at risk 

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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