CPS data breach exposes records of tens of thousands of students and staff

CHICAGO (SCS) — A data breach involving Chicago Public Schools has exposed years of records for tens of thousands of students and staff.

CPS officials said a technology provider, Battelle for Kids, suffered a ransomware attack last December on a server that stores course information and ratings.

The breach affected students enrolled between 2015 and 2019. Notices are pending.

Although the CPS said no personal information, such as social security numbers or financial information, was taken, the data exposed included the children’s names, birth dates, genders, phone numbers, etc. CPS student identification and course information.

No health data, current class or schedule information, class grades or standardized test scores were involved.

As a precaution, CPS is offering parents a free year of credit monitoring for all three major credit reporting agencies.

Affected families and staff are encouraged to call 833-909-4007, visit cps.edu/databreach, or email BFK-Breach-Info@cps.edu for more information.


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