A hacker published documents containing Social Security numbers, student grades and other private information stolen from a large public-school district in Las Vegas after officials refused a ransom demanded in return for unlocking district computer servers.
The illegal release late last week of sensitive information from the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, with about 320,000 students, demonstrates an escalation in tactics for hackers who have taken advantage of schools heavily reliant on online learning and technology to run operations during the coronavirus pandemic. The release of the district’s information is being reported for the first time by The Wall Street Journal.
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At this time, CCSD does not know the extent of information that has been accessed by the intruder but is notifying appropriate people as necessary, says Las Vegas News 3
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