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May 18th, 2008

School Computer Hacked And Personal Records Stolen By 15-Year-Old Student

Authorities are investigating the theft of personal information from a computer in a Chester County school district. According to Downingtown Area School District officials, a 15-year-old student gained access to files on a computer at Downingtown West High School on May 9. Numerous files containing the personal information of 70 staff members and several thousand tax payers were apparently copied and distributed to other students. The files apparently contained salary information and social security numbers.

Police said the students involved in the incident have been identified and the data was safely recovered.The district is working to determine how far the breach reached and secure their network from future abuse. Officials believe the student was just attempting to see if he could infiltrate the network, not identity theft. As a precaution, all staff members were notified of the incident and told to check their personal data.

At this point it is unclear if the student will face charges.

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