Officials with Altoona Area School District in Blair County say they are investigating a “cybersecurity incident” within the school.
According to a letter sent out Wednesday from Superintendent Dr. Charles Prijatelj addressed to faculty and staff the district “recently discovered it was the victim of a sophisticated cybersecurity incident, which impacted certain internal systems.”
Dr. Prijatelj said their IT department worked to contain the incident, and “third-party forensic advisors and external legal counsel were engaged to assist.”
This letter was posted publicly on the Issues In Altoona Area School District Facebook page, which is ran by a district parent.
In that letter, Dr. Prijatelj wrote, “While we have no evidence of any data being misused, this letter will contain information on credit monitoring to be provided at no cost to you.”
But in a separate letter sent to parents and guardians, he wrote, “We do know that some of our employees have received notification of potential data compromise and we wanted to make you aware of the situation as well.”
We reached out to Dr. Prijatelj and other AASD officials for clarification on the extent of this incident, but have not heard back.