The Pearland Independent School District is located around Pearland, Texas, and is `spread across 23 different campuses. The school employs as many as 1,800 people and serves more than 21,000 students. It's a vibrant school with an annual revenue of $144 million and is responsible for guarding data for many individuals that use the file network. The school was hacked recently, and the data breach that hit the school could leave some people in danger of being hacked.
The Pearland Independent School District breach occurred because a single attacker gained access to the school's file network and began gathering information about students, teachers, and parents in the district. As many as 55,000 people had their data taken in this cyber attack.
The data breach was first detected on November 8, 2022. After confirming that an intrusion occurred, the school district secured the network and made changes to help prevent future attacks. Pearland District hired cybersecurity professionals to do a full audit of the breach and investigate all that occurred during the breach. Any information accessed was cataloged during the investigation, and that information is passed to other individuals in an effort to protect as many people as possible.
The Pearland School District data breach impacts students, teachers, and parents of some of the students all relying on the school. If you receive a notice from the district informing you that your data may be involved, you should take measures to protect yourself from identity theft. Begin by looking over your credit report for each of the bureaus and follow that up with a credit monitoring service for long-term protection.
We don't know how many Pearland School District files were involved in this breach. We only know that tens of thousands of people were impacted by the breach. It's likely that thousands of files were accessed in this breach, but there isn't a way to know for sure.