500,000 Chicago Students’ Data Exposed in Ransomware Attack

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS), are located in Chicago, Illinois, and are the third biggest school system in the United States.  Only the Los Angeles Unified School System, which is the nation’s second-biggest school district, and the New York City Public Schools are larger than the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) (which is the largest school district in the US).

CPS reported having oversight over 638 schools for the 2020–2021 school year, including 476 elementary schools and 162 high schools. Of these schools, 513 were district-run schools, 115 were charter schools, 9 were contract schools, and 1 was a SAFE school. The school district has a total enrollment of 340,658 pupils.

What Happened?

Chicago Public Schools’ vendor, Battelle for Kids, experienced a ransomware assault in December, exposing the data of roughly 500,000 children and 60,000 employees.

CPS announced that a ransomware attack on Battelle for Kids compromised the data of 495,448 kids and 56,138 workers. CPS works with Battelle for Kids to submit course and assessment data for teacher evaluations and said the data exposed children’s personal information and test results from 2015 to 2019.

Chicago Public Schools was recently made aware of a data security incident involving one of our

Read More: https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/500000-chicago-students-data-exposed-in-ransomware-attack/