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District investigating data breach at Palo Alto High School

Original post made on Oct 5, 2017

The school district said it is investigating a data breach at Palo Alto High School after discovering a "rogue website" Thursday that exposed student names, grade point averages and class ranks.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 5, 2017, 9:20 PM

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Posted by Change
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2017 at 9:24 am

Several years ago, we had the experience that our registration kept getting erased, which the administration said was normal, then there was information inserted that could not have been ours, and could not have happened accidentally - someone finally left a calling card. People in the administration laughed (mocking laughter) because the information inserted was demeaning in their opinion, but they told us there was no evidence of an intrusion, and that Infinite Campus was totally secure, so they weren't going to do anything. (Hello! The thing I was reporting was evidence of an intrusion! Why else would I spend time reaching out to those odious people?! The experience of reporting was as bad a sense of violation as the data breach.)

The staff there have changed but the overall district administrstive culture has not. There is still no great sense of service and problem solving. Thus, I really appreciate this story and the outreach from the district data officer, which I hope will continue through all networks possible. And then in the future, I hope they take reports seriously, not just when the horse has left the barn.


Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 6, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Novelera is a registered user.

Yikes! I'm failing to understand a motive for doing this. But, not fully understanding, I still think it's awful. Kids GPA's should be private.


Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 6, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Samuel L. is a registered user.

Sounds like a student put this together for the interest of other students. It says you need to know the student ID number and the infinite campus number. I would guess fee students even know their infinite campus number. It's not as if they published these numbers or the rankings.

Why does this make the principal sad? Makes her sound like she's five and lost her puppy.


Posted by Terry
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 6, 2017 at 6:55 pm

Seems like some of the students are smarter than the staff. Maybe a good thing?


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