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Data breach leaks personal information of tens of thousands of college students

Marcus Gilmer

Another day, another big data breach.

This time, the breach hit education software company Pearson, exposing data on at least 100,000 students across more than 13,000 schools and universities. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, the November 2018 breach exposed information like students' names, dates of birth, and email addresses. The company was notified of the leak in March by the FBI. 

One Nevada school district told the WSJ that around 114,000 students that attended its schools between 2001 and 2016 were affected just in that district alone. 

If there's a silver lining, the data has not been misused and the FBI does not believe that Pearson was the intended target of the attack. The WSJ also notes the leaked information does not include "social Security numbers, credit-card data or other financial information." Read more...

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