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Northeast ISD, which employs over 8,000, warns thousands of a data breach.
Thousands of Northeast ISD employees data is at risk after payroll records were breached during a hacking attempt to steal funds from the school.
NEISD has a 8,800 employees, according to its most recent facts sheet. The district did not clarify how many of the compromised employees were teachers or former employees.
Over 5,000 current and former NEISD employees received a letter from the district saying their payroll information, including names and social security numbers, was at risk of being compromised, says district spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor.
Chancellor says the district has no way of knowing whether the hacker accessed the employee data file, but the letter, dated September 7, says urges employees to monitor their bank accounts and credit reports, and report any activity to their credit institutions or banks.
The data breach occurred when a payroll employee’s email was hacked on August 25, according to the letter sent to employees. The district was able to catch the hacker trying to divert school funds to a different bank. Chancellor did not reveal how much money the attacker tried to steal.
“Our systems realized something was wrong and we were able to shut it down without any money being transferred,” Chancellor says. “However, the payroll employee has access to other employees personal information.”
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