The largest state-run virtual school in the country has revealed two major data breaches, the latest in a string of cybersecurity incidents affecting the nation’s students and teachers.
In one of the breaches, the personal information of more than 368,000 students who have taken courses at the Florida Virtual School was left unsecured online for almost two years, exposing them to potential identity theft, the school said.
Unauthorized individuals also obtained data about the Leon County district, allowing them to collect the Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, spouses’ names, personal contact information, and emergency contacts of more than 1,800 teachers. District officials say that “over 50,000 individuals” connected to Leon County schools, including students and teachers, may have been affected.
A version of this article appeared in the March 21, 2018 edition of Education Week as Nation’s Largest State-Run Virtual School Reveals Breach of Student, Teacher Data