More than 45K Students Lose Data in NYC Dept of Education Breach

  • By Steven
  • Jun 28, 2023

NYC Department of Education Data Breach

The NYC Department of Education manages all the public schools throughout the New York City metro area. More than 1.1 million students go to the managed schools, and the organization oversees all this activity while handling data for these students. The NYC Dept of Education was recently involved in a data breach connected with the MOVEit file transfer solution, and that data breach could have resulted in substantial data losses for faculty members and students in the districts. 

How Did the Attack Occur?

Earlier this year, an attack was launched on the New York City Department of Education that resulted in the loss of substantial bits of data. The information taken in this attack was vulnerable because it was transferred with the file transfer tool MOVEit. The tool has been getting attacked recently, and many major organizations have suffered serious data losses because of vulnerabilities in the program. Those vulnerabilities allowed attackers to take away student information as well, and that stolen data could prove troublesome in the future if the attackers decide to leverage it for gain. 

What Information Was Viewed or Stolen?

Among the lost data were student evaluations, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and other personal details. All this information could be used for identity theft, and it's possible the hackers will launch phishing attacks with the details as well. While we don't know who launched the attack that uncovered this sensitive data, many experts are blaming Russian cybercriminals. Nearly 45,000 students lost their data to this breach, along with information for public officials, teachers, and more. 

How Did the NYC Dept of Education Admit to the Breach?

Officials from the NYC Dept of Education commented on data being taken because of the use of MOVEit file transfer tools. The officials did not release an official report about the breach. It's likely that eventually, the attacks will be reported to Federal Bureau of Investigation via a report and that any students and staff members involved will receive official notices from the school district. For now, we only have statements gathered by reporters to understand this issue. 

What Will Become of the Stolen Information?

It's nearly impossible to predict what the attackers will do with student information stolen in this data breach. It's possible they will leverage the data in a ransomware attack and demand a payment to stop the data from being released, but it's more likely the attackers will leverage this information to aid future attacks and to help with gathering more data that has a greater monetary value. It's also possible the hackers will just hold the data for a time before leveraging it after the students are older. 

What Should Affected Parties Do in the Aftermath of the Breach?

If you're the parent of a student or a faculty member that was impacted by this breach, you should take steps to protect the stolen information. Try and monitor your credit to see if anything strange occurred. You could also enact a credit freeze to stop the attackers from being able to do anything with the data. It's important to do something, though, even if that's just monitoring to try and see how your data will be misused.

About the Author
IDStrong Logo

Related Articles

Instagram Vulnerability Allowed Hackers Access to Control Your Phone

Security experts Check Point Research discovered a critical vulnerability while examining Instagra ... Read More

Alien Malware Infects More than 226 Mobile Apps and Steals Bank Data

As reported on September 24, 2020, by ZDNet and ThreatPost, a new strain of malware named “A ... Read More

Universal Health Systems Hit by Ransomware Attack

Universal Health Systems (UHS), a Fortune 500 company owning more than 400 hospitals across the co ... Read More

Exchange Server Bug Exposes a Big Risk to Hackers

Months after Microsoft released a patch to fix a serious flaw in MS Exchange Server, more than 61% ... Read More

Clients’ Bank Data Exposed in Blackbaud Ransomware Attack

Blackbaud software was victim to a ransomware attack last May, and new information suggests that c ... Read More

Latest Articles

Health Organization Records Stolen via Welltok’s MOVEit - 930k+ Including Minors

Health Organization Records Stolen via Welltok’s MOVEit - 930k+ Including Minors

The number of victims caused by the global MOVEit data breach continues to climb; Welltok has announced more exposures, this time from three more health organizations.

MOVEit Breach Creates More Victims; 105k Records Stolen from Insurance Group

MOVEit Breach Creates More Victims; 105k Records Stolen from Insurance Group

"Pan American Life Insurance Group Building - New Orleans" by Tony Webster is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Source: Flickr

New York Healthcare Provider Notified 600k Following Network Cyberattack

New York Healthcare Provider Notified 600k Following Network Cyberattack

East River Medical Imaging (ERMI) has three locations in New York City and Westchester County.  ERMI is a "multi-modality radiology center," including patient-centered solutions like MRIs, CTs, ultrasounds, imaging, radiology, fluoroscopy, and x-rays.

Featured Articles

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

Buying your own home is the American Dream, but it might seem out of reach to those with bad credit. However, the good news is, if your credit is less than perfect, you do still have options and in most cases, can still buy a home.

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

Any good IT article on computers and network security will address the importance of strong, secure passwords. However, the challenge of good passwords is that most people have a hard time remembering them, so they use simple or obvious ones that pose a security risk.

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Senior scams are becoming a major epidemic for two reasons. First, seniors often have a lot of money in the bank from a life of working hard and saving.

Free Identity Threat Scan
Instantly Check if Your Personal Information is Exposed
All fields below are required
Please enter first name
Please enter last name
Please enter a city
Please select a state
Please enter an age
Please enter an email address