Cybersecurity

School Management Software Reports Data Breach

Active Network, a company that provides software for K-12 schools and districts, reported a security breach last week.

According to a company notice, hackers gained unauthorized access to Blue Bear, a software platform that facilitates administration and management of school accounting, student fees, and online stores on behalf of educational institutions.

The hackers possibly accessed personal information of webstore users including names, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, security codes and Blue Bear account usernames and passwords between October 1, 2019 and November 13, 2019. The company says the security breach didn’t involve sensitive ID information like Social Security numbers, driver license number or similar government ID cards.

“As soon as we identified the suspicious activity, our counsel engaged a leading
cybersecurity firm to investigate the incident and took steps to enhance its monitoring tools and security controls,” Active Network said in the notice.

In addition, they are offering free identity monitoring services to customers and a reference guide for more information on how to monitor and protect personal information.

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Yvonne Marquez is senior editor of Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].

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