LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District (CCSD) experienced a worrying situation on Tuesday morning as a result of an email. The email threatened to reveal personal information on every student and employee in the district if the district did not agree to specific demands. It claimed to have this information. Superintendent Jesus Jara and the Deputy Superintendent, according to the sender, were given the option of paying to preserve this material but turned it down.
The threatening email continued, “I have made one last offer of extension to your school board; if they choose to comply, your information will remain private, and copies will be destroyed.” You will have your information made public if they reject my offer. The response period is three days. Thurs, 19th, 5 p.m.
The email asserted that the data at risk included a wide range of sensitive information, such as staff phone numbers, home addresses, parent and student contact details, passports, birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, bank statements, and other identification documents, particularly from parents who registered their children with CCSD.
Worried parents reported that the email appeared to come from a student, though they strongly suspect it was sent under a false name.
Despite efforts to contact CCSD for clarification on the legitimacy of the email, there was no response from the school district. Further inquiries about the cyber incident also went unanswered as of Tuesday evening.
The repercussions of this unsettling situation were felt by students and teachers. Some students reported difficulties accessing CCSD websites, while teachers mentioned that student passwords were initially scheduled for a reset but later reconsidered by the district. An email from CCSD informed educators that access to the Google Workspace would be temporarily restricted to the internal CCSD network for up to five days.
The incident has left both parents and school officials concerned about the security of student and staff data within the CCSD, prompting urgent steps to address this potential breach.
Credits: Fox 5 Vegas
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