Rome school district falls victim to nationwide data breach

The Rome City School District was a victim of a nationwide data breach involving an online educational platform.

Posted: Aug 20, 2019 2:30 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2019 4:28 PM

ROME, N.Y. - The Rome City School District was a victim of a nationwide data breach involving an online educational platform.

Superintendent, Peter Blake, sent a letter to parents explaining this breach impacts students from the 2013-14 school year.

Blake says data was accessed by users who breached databases of a third-party vendor, Pearson Education, Inc., with whom the Rome City School District contracts with. He accessed in this breach were student's names, birthdays, and school information.

According to Blake, Pearson provided the district with a student assessment tool, AIMSweb, which required storage of student data. AIMSweb was hacked by unauthorized users. Blake says the district no longer uses AIMSweb product that experienced the data breach, AIMSweb 1.0.

Blake says numerous school districts have been impacted by this breach. 

If parents and guardians want to know more information on the matter, Blake says contact Pearson at 866-883-3309 or aimsweb1request@pearson.com.

Pearson gave this statement:

"Pearson Clinical Assessments notified affected customers of unauthorized access to approximately 13,000 school and university AIMSweb 1.0 accounts. The exposed data was isolated to first name, last name, and in some instances may include date of birth and/or email address. Protecting our customers’ information is of critical importance to us. We have strict data protections in place and have reviewed this incident, found and fixed the vulnerability.

While we have no evidence that this information has been misused, we have notified the affected customers as a precaution. We apologize to those affected and are offering complimentary credit monitoring services as a precautionary measure."

Below is a copy of the letter sent home to parents.

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