BY SASHA LEKACH
Thousands of San Diego area students and teachers may be on Christmas break, but that didn’t stop the school district from announcing a major data hack Friday.
San Diego Unified School District, the second largest school district in California, said more than 500,000 students and staff had their personal information accessed through a data breach. Through a phishing attack, an unauthorized user accessed data from as far back as the 2008-2009 school year. The hack also affected 50 district employees.
The data breach certainly affected a lot of people, but it’s the type of info the hackers accessed that’s shocking. Students had their attendance records, health information, discipline history, contact details, and more exposed. Both students and staff had Social Security numbers revealed. Even worse, some staff had viewable paychecks, salary and direct deposit information, and routing and account numbers exposed.