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June 2nd, 2008

Computers Storing Personal Data Breached At Pocono Mountain School District

Computers at Pocono Mountain School District were breached by a hacker in May 30, who apparently tapped into confidential information concerning students and their parents, the district’s superintendent said Friday. District superintendent sent letters on Friday afternoon telling parents about the apparent breach, which the district found out about the previous evening. Parents got the letters when their children returned at the end of the school day.

The information that may have been compromised includes Student ID, network password, SSN if provided, ethnicity, gender, birth date, grade, grade year, building no., building name, homeroom no., homeroom teacher, attendance code, dietary allergies, bus assignment, free/reduced lunch status, home phone, primary home mailing address, secondary mailing address, parent names, parent phone numbers, emergency contact names, and emergency contact phone numbers.

The district’s technical staff had noted some irregularities during a routine security check Thursday night. They detected some activity that seemed a little “unusual”. The technical staff is checking to see to what extent any personal information, and to whom it may belong, had been compromised.

The district referred the matter to Pennsylvania State Police at Swiftwater for further investigation.

In case of unauthorized activity, it is possible to contact the office of Executive Director of Technology at (570) 873-7121 Ext. 10151.

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