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Denver Public Schools Data Breach Includes SSNs, Bank Info

Colorado's largest school district discovered on Jan. 4, and has now informed all employees, that a data breach compromised Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, passport numbers and other sensitive information.

Denver Public Schools
Kids sit on the school bus outside of Stephen Knight Center for Early Education on Sept. 7, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
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(TNS) — Denver Public Schools on Friday said it discovered two months ago that employee data was taken during a “cybersecurity incident.”

The data breach occurred between Dec. 13 and Jan. 13, when “an unauthorized actor accessed and/or took certain files” stored on the district’s computer servers. The district discovered data was taken on Jan. 4, according to a news release.

The files included personal information, such as names and Social Security numbers of current and former participants in the district’s health plan; employee fingerprints, bank account numbers, student identification numbers, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers and more, according to the news release.

All DPS employees were affected by the incident. The district has no indications that the personal identifying information of students was accessed, DPS Chief Information Officer Dave Landy said.

DPS is Colorado’s largest school district and employs 15,000 workers.

DPS said it has mailed letters to employees affected by the breach and has opened a call center to answer questions. Employees can call 855-951-4287. The district is also offering credit monitoring and identity theft protection services, according to the news release.

“To help prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future, DPS has implemented additional measures to enhance the security of its network and continues to provide data security training to its employees,” according to a news release.

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