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Students, Employees Notified Regarding Information Hack

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.- Students and employees of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System whose personal data was stolen by a hacker in June will soon get an update from the school system.

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System announced on Thursday, that each student and employee whose information was accessed during the breach will receive a phone call from school officials to let them know what parts of their personal information was stolen.

In June 2012 a calling itself Spex Security released the information on about 14,500 students and school system employees. The information included students' names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and school and state ID numbers. Employee and school wide email passwords were also posted.

As a result all school system websites were shut down. The school system contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The website came back online nearly a month later after officials determined how large the breach was and changes were made to prevent another cyber-attack.

Officials said that so far they have not been made aware of any misuse of the personal information that was stolen.

Detectives with the FBI and the TBI have not yet determined who the hacker was or how he was able to gain access to the system. Officials said the criminal investigation was ongoing.

School officials said during the call made to those affected by the breach, CMCSS will provide contact information to a call center that was set up to respond to victim's questions about the event. That number was not released to the media.

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