HALTOM CITY — Two students from Birdville schools hacked into a school district network server and accessed a file with 14,500 student names and social security numbers, a Birdville spokesman said Thursday.
Birdville superintendent Darrell Brown on Thursday mailed a letter to families of all students in the file from the 2008-2009 school year.
The security breach discovered on Tuesday involved a network server that was no longer in use. The file has been removed and the server is no longer operational, said Mark Thomas, Birdville spokesman.
The students, a junior and senior, face discipline from the school district. Birdville officials are working with Haltom City police, who will decide whether criminal charges are warranted, Thomas said.
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"We don't feel that the students did anything with the files, but these days you need to be careful no matter what," Thomas said. "That's why we want to get the word out as quick as we can."
In the letter, Brown outlined steps for families to take to protect against identity theft, including checking their student's credit report for unauthorized use.