According to sources, Mendocino County Office of Education (a Government organization in California) was hit with a cyber attack. It was first reported on 2023-07-31.

Mendocino County Office of Education Announces Possible Ransomware Attack or Data Hack

“On July 25, 2023, the MCOE officially reported to the California Office of the Attorney General — after five months — that it had suffered a data breach and network disruption. “

“MCOE reported that the hack occurred on March 6, 2023, and blocked the MCOE’s ability to access portions of its network while they were accessed by an “unauthorized individual” — a classic sign of a ransomware attack, although MCOE failed to disclose whether it was. MCOE serves over 13,500 K-12 students. “

“On March 31, 2023, the MCOE issued a second press release, admitting that a host of student and family personal, financial, and medical information was potentially accessed by the unauthorized third party including names and the following critical information that had been left unprotected: address phone number email address student identification number date of birth Social Security number / IRS PIN number passport number, driver’s license/state identification number, tax identification number birth/marriage certificate financial account information medical information/health insurance information fingerprint/iris scan parent/guardian name place of birth student class list course schedule/class list disciplinary information grades, class rank Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) information“

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