School computers hacked for student personal data

From the Eugene School District 4J

Eugene School District 4J is in the process of notifying families that an unknown person has accessed confidential files that contained some current and former student personal identity information.

The district is sharing information about the breach and about steps that potentially affected individuals can take to protect against misuse of their personal information.

The confidential files that were accessed are used to transfer data between 4J's student information and student meal programs.

They included identity information for all or most current 4J students including names, student ID numbers, addresses, dates of birth, and in some cases phone numbers, Social Security numbers, and/or student free or reduced-price school lunch status.

A file containing similar information from 2007 also was accessed.

The exposed data did not include any academic or financial information, such as grades, test scores or credit card numbers.

While the investigation of the breach is not yet complete, at this point staff believe that the person(s) responsible may have used a district computer workstation without authorization to access data related to the district's school meals program. Staff learned of the breach over the weekend, but believe that it occurred last week.

The district has notified police, initiated a thorough investigation of the security breach, and taken measures to further safeguard students' personal information, including:

  • Changing passwords and increasing password security 
  • Limiting the student personal data shared in the school meal system


We are continuing to assess our information security systems to make certain that we have all appropriate measures in place to ensure students' personal information is secure. We sincerely regret the inconvenience and concern this may cause to our families.

For more information, please visit www.4j.lane.edu/databreach.

Current and former 4J students and families who may be affected and who have questions can send email to databreach@4j.lane.edu or call 541-790-7737.