Major Data Breach Hits Largest Educators’ Association in Texas

The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the largest educators’ association in Texas and the U.S., has suffered a significant data breach, compromising the personal information of over 414,000 individuals.

As per to the sources who first covered this news keranews The breach was disclosed in a report filed with the Texas Attorney General’s Office this month.

The compromised data includes names, addresses, social security numbers, dates of birth, and driver’s license numbers of some employees and members.

Additionally, medical records, financial account information from ACH transactions, and other sensitive details were also exposed.

ATPE first detected “suspicious activities” on its network on February 12. A subsequent forensic investigation, completed on March 20, confirmed unauthorized access to certain systems.

The association notified members of the breach on April 12, although the formal report was filed in June with attorney general offices in Texas and Maine.

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This breach is part of a broader trend of significant data security incidents this year. Frontier Communications, a Dallas-based telecommunications company, reported a data breach in April affecting over 750,000 people, including 88,000 Texans.

The company is now facing a class action lawsuit as a result.

As these incidents highlight the increasing vulnerability of personal data, organizations are urged to strengthen their cybersecurity measures to protect against future breaches.

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