Students’ personal data exposed after USB drive stolen

Graham Cluley

A school in Woodbridge, Virginia, held a meeting with parents last night to discuss the loss of a USB flash drive containing personal information about students.

Lake Ridge Middle School posted an advisory on its website explaining that the USB drive was used by by school administrators “to contact parents in the event of an emergency occurring after school hours or under circumstances where the school building might become inaccessible or require evacuation.”

The contents of the lost USB drive included the students’ id number, their name, the name of their parent or guardian, phone numbers and other data.

Hardly the kind of information that you would want to fall into the wrong hands and – one must assume as it’s not mentioned – it appears that the data on the drive was not encrypted.

The school meeting heard that the USB drive was stolen last week following a theft from an unnamed…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.