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Long Beach Unified hit by cyberattack

Long Beach Unified was hit by a cyberattack, school officials confirmed on Wednesday.

“Our school district recently learned about an incident in which an individual gained access to a list containing student identification numbers, names and their corresponding LBUSD-provided email addresses,” the district wrote to parents and students in an email obtained by the Press-Telegram.

The district first learned about the cyberattack Tuesday evening. It stated that more sensitive student and staff information, such as addresses, birth dates, social security numbers and grades were not affected. It’s not clear how many in the school district of 67,500 were affected by the attack.

Brett Callow, a threat analyst for Emisoft, first noted the attack. He told the Press-Telegram that this attack appears to be less severe than the recent attack in L.A. Unified. Officials with LAUSD said that 2,000 students were affected in the breach whose contents include Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers. The 74 reported that medical histories, disciplinary records and other sensitive academic information was included in the LAUSD breach.

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