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Rochester Schools Say Cyber Attack Didn't Touch Student Data

After confirming earlier this month that an unauthorized party gained access to some data owned by the district, Rochester Public Schools in Minnesota told families last week that student data was not compromised.

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(TNS) — Rochester Public Schools on Friday reiterated to families that student data has not been compromised in an ongoing cybersecurity issue.

RPS said it first detected the "unusual activity" on its network April 6, two weeks before Friday's update.

"At this time, we have no evidence that any student data has been accessed," the message to families said. "And we have no evidence that the affected data pertaining to RPS employees has been used for financial fraud or identity theft."

Even though the information seemingly hasn't been used for financial fraud, the district confirmed in an April 10 update "that an outside actor has gained access to some school district data."

At the time, the district encouraged families to monitor their "financial account statements and credit reports for fraudulent or irregular activity on a regular basis."

Last Friday, the district announced that it would begin helping staff reset their passwords. This Friday's update indicated that students will begin resetting their passwords this coming week.

"Resetting passwords does not mean students will have immediate access to all of our systems or to the Internet," the district said. "We continue bringing systems back online as quickly and securely as possible."

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