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Two high school students in Portland, Oregon are responsible for data breach incident that was reported Friday.
The Centennial School District announced the security breach of its student information systems. District officials do not currently believe any important student information was taken, but the investigation is ongoing.
Law enforcement is determining the full extent of the breach and figuring what was taken. The District's IT staff reportedly have found and secured the access points that were hacked by the students. The students, who are both under 18, told authorities they did it to "show that the system could be hacked," said Carol Fenstermacher, a school district spokeswoman.
The hackers were able to access names, birth dates, addresses, schools and grade levels, phone numbers, student IDs, and demographic information of all current and former students were accessed in the incident. Though the number of current and former students that have been affected is unclear, the district, currently serving 6,300 students, does not believe social security numbers were accessed.
Updates pertaining to the incident and investigation will be posted on the district's website.
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Cyber criminals have accessed sensitive information -- including names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and the numbers of some driver's licenses. Additionally, Equifax said that credit card numbers for about 209,000 U.S. customers were exposed, as was "personal identifying information" on roughly 182,000 U.S. customers involved in credit report disputes. Residents in the U.K. and Canada were also impacted. The breach occurred between mid-May and July, Equifax said. The company said it discovered the hack on July 29. The data breach is one of the worst ever, by its reach and by the kind of information exposed to the public.