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B.C. school hit with a data breach affecting 19,000 people

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District is warning the public of a data breach impacting individuals 19,000 records.

In an announcement posted to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District website on Wednesday the data that was scooped up includes First name, last name, School / Department, District email address, Student’s grade.

“The information that has been accessed, while concerning, was confined to easily attainable information with limited use,” In a now deleted announcement. It can still be viewed on the wayback machine.

The school districted downplayed the value and sensitivity of private personal information.

“The sensitivity of this information is considered low. At this time, the school district has no evidence that critical information was disclosed.”

The school district is recommending students and staff change their school account passwords and cautioned of “targeted phishing attacks.”

phishing is a common tactic used by hackers scammers and fraudsters to trick users into clicking malicious links or give out private information such as passwords, credit card number, banking details and identification and other person information.

According to its post as soon as the school district learned of the data leak it immediately launched an investigation into “systems and logs for suspicious activity.”, it said no suspicious activity was found.

“While it is possible this information was obtained because of a compromised student or staff email account, our investigation into how this data was accessed is ongoing,” it said.

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Jordan
Jordan
Jordan is a casual reporter for BC Rise
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