Prince William Schools Report Data Breach On Web
Personal information including Social Security numbers and home addresses of more than 2,500 Prince William County students, employees and volunteers was accidentally released on the Internet this summer.
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Since: Sep 07
#1 Aug 27, 2008
Why was this stuff on a server or computer connected DIRECTLY to the web in the first place? This is freaking STUPID to the nth degree..... I really hope that they fire/possibly jail the person who was responsible for this computer network.
#2 Aug 28, 2008
Because SCHOOLS, oddly enough, are the LAST ones to learn the new technology they perport to teach. They mostly get second hand equipment and inherantly have bad firewalls.
#3 Aug 31, 2008
Parents are not required to give their child's SSN to the school for enrollment. If the parent did provide it, that is the breach of security.
It's my direct experience that schools have great software/hardware. The companies want students to be tried on their product so their parents become brand loyal to it.
#4 Aug 31, 2008
Hardware and software have little to do with it. It's the firewalling that needs work. I mean we're talking computers that kids can plug their little memory sticks into yes?
Oh, and this idea of giving ssns to educational institutions, during the late 1990's you either did that or they didn't process your application, at least in college; I don't know about elementary, middle and high schools. Now it IS illegal to ask you to provide it. You can have a student id number.
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