Williamson County Schools warns parents of security breach in student/teacher software
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. —
Williamson County Schools sent a message to parents Friday warning about a security breach of it's Edmodo system putting student and parent information at risk.
The district said a third party accessed usernames, encrypted passwords and email addresses through the district's file/assignment sharing tool.
WCS said the security breach affects approximately 33,000 current and former WCS students dating back to 2011. It estimates the risk to be minimal, but the school is in process of changing all student passwords by June 19.
The district said students/guardians will be able to retrieve their new password directly from school personnel in the front office on June 20.
Additional support or information is available from the WCS Instructional Technology Department at 615-472-4000.
Read the full message sent to parents below:
Williamson County Parents,
We want to inform you about a security incident involving one of the district’s third party vendors. On May 17, the district was alerted that Edmodo, a free classroom tool that allows students and teachers to share files and assignments, had been hacked. As a result, the Edmodo usernames, encrypted passwords and email addresses listed in Edmodo user accounts were acquired by an unauthorized third party. This affects approximately 33,000 current and former WCS students dating back to 2011.
Based on the information the district has received, our technology experts believe this breach poses minimal risk to students, staff and parents. However, as a proactive measure we are in the process of changing all student WCS passwords. This is a complex process that will take until June 19, 2017 to complete. Beginning on June 20, 2017 students/guardians will be able to retrieve their new password directly from school personnel in the front office.
If you need additional support, contact the WCS Instructional Technology Department at 615.472.4000.