Parents and Students React to 4J Security Breach

EUGENE, Ore. — 4J students’ personal information has been compromised. The district says someone accessed confidential files last week.

4J says the files were from this year and 2007.

It’s possible that more than 30,000 students’ information has been compromised.

The documents contain student’s names, student ID numbers, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

“Definitely gonna have my mom look into it. It’s just something that’s not okay,” said 4J student Shane Butler.

“It’s crazy. I can’t believe this happened. Hopefully, they’ll solve the problem,” said 4J student Anna Mastrendrea.

EPD says it’s working on that and already knows when and where the breach happened: inside a school.

Now it’s just a matter of finding out who accessed those files.

“Could be someone in the district, it could be someone coming in, on the guise of parent, or a tech person,” said 4J grandparent Suzanne Jackson.

Officers say so far there isn’t any indication the suspect has or will use the informatino for personal gain, but the worry is there.

“Anytime there’s a Social Security number involved with that, there becomes a greater risk for identity theft,” said 4J spokesperson Kerry Delf.

“You’re compromised not only now, but for the rest of your life. I mean, how do you get rid of your Social Security number? You can’t,” Jackson said.

Other parents don’t see the need for students’ social security numbers to be electronically available in the first place.

“Each student has a student ID. What’s the point in having Social Security numbers that are readily available like that?” said Bill LeCavalier.

The district is contacting students’ families and says everyone should take precaution and call about your student’s info. If a Social Security number has been exposed, 4J recommends you request a fraud alert.

If an affected student is underage, a fraud alert requires a lengthy written explanation and multiple copies of personal identification.

Eugene Police Officer John Savage says in seven years on the school resource team, he’s never seen a security breach like this.

To find out more about what to do if you or your student is involved, click here.

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