On October 26, 2017, a Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA)
employee’s state-issued laptop computer was compromised through a
malicious ransomware attack. As a result, some students in school
districts throughout Texas may have been potentially impacted by the
breach. The information exposed on the employee's laptop included
names, social security numbers, home addresses, birth dates, and
personal phone numbers of the affected students and their families. To
date, TDA's Information Security Officer (ISO) has identified more than
700 students whose sensitive personal information was, or is reasonably
believed to have been, exposed to acquisition by an unauthorized person.
is important to note that, to date, TDA’s ISO has not discovered any
evidence to suggest misuse of the information that was compromised by
the ransomware exploit. TDA recognizes the implications of this
breach and continually evaluates agency processes and protocols to
reduce future occurrences.
Fraud Alert Tip:
recommends the affected students, or parents of the affected minor
students, contact the three major credit bureaus and activate a free
fraud alert on behalf of the students impacted by data breach.
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