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Hacker Accessed Student Information at Dixon School District

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DIXON, IL -- During a regular school board meeting Wednesday night, Dixon Public School District Superintendent Michael Juenger confirmed that some student information was compromised during a hacking earlier this month.

The hacker originally gained control of the school district web site, Twitter, and email accounts. While the district thought student information was safe, Juenger says health records, names, addresses, and grades were accessed. Juenger tells us that some grades were changed, but each school was able to back up the information on Monday.

While nothing has been publicly leaked, many parents say they are worried about the information getting out.

Bobby Hoff, a nanny who picks up her student daily, says, "The Internet has gotten crazy. It seems like anything you want to know, you can find out. They could take advantage of these kids."

C.J. Fuller, parent, says "you never know who is out there. These kids are walking home. There could be strangers they don't know trying to come up and talk to them. It's not a good thing."

Superintendent Juenger wants to reassure all families that the school district does not ask for student social security numbers. Also, any credit card information that may have been on file is through a third party company on a separate server. None of the credit information was compromised.

Since the hacking, the school district has sent out letters to families making them aware of the situation. While many parents are concerned, others say it has not affected their day-to-day activities.

Juenger says the school district thought their system was secure until this happened. Now, they will be keeping a close eye out to prevent any future attacks.

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