Hackers Release Stolen Data From State’s Largest School District
Hackers with the criminal syndicate Vice Society began publishing stolen data from the Los Angeles Unified School District Saturday, two days before the ransom deadline the group had imposed. In a message, the group said the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) had wasted its time.
The data dump was apparently in response to LAUSD Supt. Albert Carvalho’s stalwart refusal to negotiate with the criminals or pay a ransom. Carvalho confirmed the LAUSD data breach last month.
“Paying ransom never guarantees the full recovery of data, and Los Angeles Unified believes public dollars are better spent on our students rather than capitulating to a nefarious and illicit crime syndicate,” he said.
According to NBC News, the leaked information includes confidential psychological assessments for students, legal documents, and more.
The Los Angeles Times reports that “some screenshots from the hack... appear to show some Social Security numbers. But the full extent of the release remains unclear.”
LAUSD does not collect social security numbers for its students, but it does collect that information for employees.
The district has set up an “incident response” line for anyone affected by the release of data at (855) 926-1129. Hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding major U.S. holidays.