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North Oldham High data breach could affect 2,800 former, current students

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A data breach at North Oldham County High School may have exposed the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of up to 2,800 current and former students.

Tracy Green, a spokeswoman for Oldham County Schools, told WDRB News that the district sent letters this week to those who could be affected by a phishing scheme involving a nutrition services computer at North Oldham on Sept. 10.

"A staff member who uses the computer noticed that something was wrong with her computer, she called the school technology coordinator and the coordinator found that there was an issue and notified the district," Green said.

The district immediately started an investigation, she said.

"We have been able to confirm that an intruder gained access to the computer, but we cannot determine which files were accessed," she said. 

Green said the computer has a database containing about 2,800 student names, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

The letter reads in part:

Since discovering the possible breach, our school and district staff have worked closely with the Kentucky Department of Education as well as the supplier of the software involved. We are notifying you so you can be alert to possible misuse of your information.

We have advised the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies about this incident and have given those agencies a general report alerting them that the incident occurred. However, we have not provided them personal information of anyone potentially affected by the breach.

On the reverse side of this letter, we have included information explaining actions you can take to minimize or eliminate potential harm. We believe any incident of this type is serious and we strongly encourage you to review this information.

[VIEW THE ENTIRE LETTER]

This story will be updated.

Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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