Title: NJ Students Gain Access to School Computers

2019, Breaches, March

Who: Elizabeth NJ Public School System

When: Mar 22, 2019

# of records involved: Limited

What happened: Several high school students are in hot water after they were able to log into their schools’ computer systems to change grades and attendance records.

How did it happen: The first student involved was able to gain access to the system by stealing a teacher’s password. About six students accessed attendance records, and two unsuccessfully tried to change grades.

Outcome: The district has and is continuing to increase technological security by changing and increasing the complexity of passwords to its system and other security measures. The consequences for the individual(s) who lead the data compromise are likely to be severe. Due to student privacy laws, we’re restricted from disclosing more information but we can assure you that we are working within the full extent of the law and our Student Code of Conduct Board policy.

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