Press Release

Parent Notification
Posted on 09/21/2017
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                                            PRESS RELEASE
                                         Parent Notification
                                         September 21, 2017

As you may be aware, the Columbia Falls School District has been cooperating with law enforcement’s investigation of a cyber-security incident. The District takes this matter very seriously and assures parents and students that it is working to bring this matter quickly to resolution.

On September 13, 2017, the District became aware of potential unauthorized access to its network. In addition to notifying law enforcement, including the FBI, the District launched an investigation and retained a leading computer security firm to assist in the investigation. With the assistance of the security firm, steps have already been taken to enhance the security of our systems.

On September 18, 2017, County law enforcement issued a press release stating that the group allegedly responsible for the security incident has been identified, operates outside of the U.S., and does not pose a physical threat to parents
and students. Although the District’s investigation of this incident is ongoing, based on the information released by law enforcement, it is possible that some directory information or education records may have been accessed by the group, which may have included contact information for some Columbia Falls parents and also health records related to some Columbia Falls students.

In addition to reviewing the nature and scope of the incident, our investigation will also seek to determine what information may have been accessed by any unauthorized individuals.

We know that the cyber intruders have contacted some parents via text messages, we ask that if additional messages are received, or if the intruders put out additional information, that no individual engages them and responds in any way. We will provide additional information related to the continuing investigation as appropriate.

Please be patient as we allow the professionals and law enforcement agencies to conclude their work on this investigation.

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