Expert: EPISD Shouldn’t Store Students’ Social Security Numbers
POSTED: Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 9:44am
UPDATED: Saturday, September 3, 2011 - 9:29am
EL PASO- Identify theft expert Aaron Titus from Identity Finder alerted the EPISD on Wednesday afternoon that their data base had been hacked. Titus claims the school was not aware of the breach until after he notified them.
An online hack group named Host Bustorz says they hacked into the school district's database and has the names, ethnicities, student ID numbers and social security numbers of nearly 7,000 students.
Titus says school districts in general are moving away from storing students’ social security numbers on internet databases because of the potential damage it could cause if the site were to be hacked.
“Parents should encourage the school district to reevaluate their policy to store social security numbers in the first place. If they don’t store those numbers, then they can’t be stolen,” said Titus.