Tenn. school system hack exposes student, employee data

Recent hacks have shown that university systems are vulnerable, and now a public school system in Tennessee has been targeted by a hacker group, Computerworld reports.

The hack by the previously unknown group Spex Security could have exposed some personal data, including names and Social Security numbers, on as many as 110,000 current and former employees and students of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System.

The hack was in retaliation for what one alleged member of Spex Security, in a posting on Pastebin.com, called the school system's "belligerence" in failing to patch the holes in its system, Computerworld reported.

School system spokeswoman Elise Shelton said the system's main website was taken down June 11 in response to the hack, which school officials found out about via an anonymous phone call. Investigators are not yet sure when or how the breach took place.

Computerworld reports that the school system is operating under the assumption that an unknown number of records has been breached, and it is working to contact current and former school employees and students to inform them their data may be at risk. So far, CMCSS has notified about 4,000 of its current employees and around 31,400 of the students who are currently enrolled.

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