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School information system hacked; Students’ grades and attendance data modified

School information system hacked; Students’ grades and attendance data modified
  • Some of the students of Orchard View Schools allegedly hacked the school’s information system and altered students’ graded and attendance records.
  • The school has notified the parents of the students who were involved in the incident.

What is the issue - Orchard View Schools' PowerSchool student information system got hacked.

Why it matters - Students of Orchard View Schools hacked the school’s information system and altered students’ graded and attendance records.

Worth noting - The data breach is limited only to high school.

Jim Nielsen, the superintendent of Orchard View Schools notified students’ parents about the data breach via a Facebook post and a notice in the district’s website. In the security notification, Nielsen stated that the school became aware of the incident last week and that the data breach is limited only to the high school.

What was the immediate action taken?

  • Upon learning about the incident, the school immediately conducted an internal investigation.
  • The investigation revealed that some unauthorized changes were made to students’ grades and attendance.
  • The school has notified the parents of the students who were involved in the incident.

However, how the students gained access to the information system, and how many students data have been modified still remains unknown.

“Late last week, we became aware of a data breach in PowerSchool, our student information system. At this time, the breach appears to be limited to high school. We immediately launched an internal investigation and have found some unauthorized changes have been made to grades and attendance. The investigation is still ongoing. We have notified the parents of the students we know were involved. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me,” the notification read.

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