“While VUSD is not currently aware of any actual or even attempted misuse of information, out of caution VUSD is advising individuals of the event so that they can take action to protect their information,” the statement said. of the district.
The district was unable to discuss the number of accounts hacked, whether it was a ransomeware attack, whether the district paid money to restore data, or whether it carried out any actions. settlement payments to victims whose personal data has been obtained.
Kim Batty, public information officer for the district, said she was unable to provide answers until VUSD’s cybersecurity consultant and legal team reviewed all of the data involved in the process. the questions.
VUSD said it has implemented additional technical security measures, reviewed and improved existing policies and procedures, and provided employees with additional data security training to prevent a similar event in the future.
“VUSD takes this incident and the security of the information in its care very seriously,” the statement said.
VUSD encourages individuals to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud and to review their free account statements and credit reports for suspicious activity and for errors. To order a free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free 1-877-322-8228. Individuals can also contact the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) directly to request a free copy of their credit report.
Consumers have the right to place an initial or extended “fraud alert” on a credit file at no charge. An initial fraud alert is a one-year alert that is placed on a consumer’s credit report. When a fraud alert appears on a consumer’s credit report, a business should take steps to verify the consumer’s identity before extending new credit. If someone is the victim of identity theft, they are entitled to an extended fraud alert, which is a fraud alert that lasts for seven years. If a person wishes to place a fraud alert, they can contact one of the three major credit bureaus listed below.
Instead of a fraud alert, consumers have the right to place a “credit freeze” on a credit report, which will prevent a credit bureau from disclosing information in the credit report without authorization. express of the consumer. To request a security freeze, individuals may need to provide some or all of the following information:
- Full name (including the initial of the middle name as well as Jr., Sr., II, III, etc.);
- Social Security number;
- Date of Birth;
- Addresses from the previous two to five years;
- Proof of current address, such as a current utility bill or phone bill;
- A legible photocopy of a government issued ID card (driver’s license or state ID card, etc.); and
- A copy of the police report, investigation report, or complaint filed with a law enforcement agency regarding identity theft if a person is a victim of identity theft.
Parents concerned that someone has used the information to create a credit report on their child’s behalf can look up the minor’s social security number, freeze the security of your minor’s credit report, place a fraud alert on your minor’s credit report (if applicable). ) or request a copy of your minor’s credit report, a person may be required to provide some or all of the following information:
- A copy of the individual’s driver’s license or other government issued ID, such as a state ID card, etc. ;
- Proof of address, such as a copy of a bank statement, utility bill, insurance statement, etc. ;
- A copy of your minor’s birth certificate;
- A copy of your minor’s social security card;
- Your minor’s full name including middle initial and generation, such as JR, SR, II, III, etc. ;
- The date of birth of your minor; and
- Your minor’s previous addresses over the past two years.
The Federal Trade Commission also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them. The Federal Trade Commission can be reached at: 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; www.identitytheft.gov; 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); and TTY: 1-866-653-4261. Known or suspected cases of identity theft should also be reported to law enforcement and your state’s attorney general.
If anyone has additional questions, they can contact VUSD’s dedicated hotline at 1-833-365-2601, which is available 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals may also write to Visalia Unified School District at the attention of: Human Resources Development Compliance Officer, 5000 W. Cypress Ave., Visalia, CA 93277, or by e-mail at [email protected]
“VUSD regrets any inconvenience or concerns this incident may cause,” the statement said. “VUSD remains committed to protecting the information in its custody. “