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District With 23 Schools Announced Cyber Breach

Administrators are concerned that hackers may use info to contact residents.

Pearland Independent School District is alerting parents and others associated with the district that parties responsible for a recent breach of its computer system may try to contact them.

In a video statement released on the district’s website, Superintendent Larry Berger said that an ongoing investigation shows no evidence so far that any sensitive information had been accessed by anyone outside of the district.

However, he said the district is alerting the community that “unauthorized actors” who caused the problem may try to contact residents regarding the matter.

“A forensic investigation is currently being conducted by our cybersecurity firm to determine if any sensitive data was accessed by the unauthorized actors (who accessed the district’s system),” he said.

The breach was detected Nov. 8 when the district noticed what it described as “unusual activity” within its computer network that was affecting operations including Skyward, a system that provides communication access to families and students.

Through an investigation by an independent cybersecurity firm, the district confirmed that parties had gained access into its system to disrupt daily operations.

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