D51 gives more info on third-party data breach – WesternSlopeNow


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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — School District 51 is giving parents new information about a significant data breach. The breach exposed sensitive student and staff information from 2017 to this year.

Hackers breached Illuminate Education, the software company the district uses to support several education plans. The stolen data includes information from more than 3,500 students, and 4,000 staff members.

Student data including full names, birthdates, student ID’s, state ID’s, grades, transcripts, and demographic information were all accessed, but social security and financial information was not, “Right now we are finishing up the investigation in finding exactly what was breached and Illuminate Education will be sending out letters in the mail to the affected students, and they will be offering a free year of fraud detection for those students and parents if they wish to enroll,” Dan Burke, D51’s Executive Director of technology services says.

The Colorado Attorney General’s office is also investigating the breach that occurred at school districts across the country.

D51 officials say they will end the contract with illuminate education after the 2021-22 school year.

Mail-in letters regarding the breach are scheduled to go out to parents within the next two weeks.

Stay tuned to KREX 5 as we continue to follow this story.

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