A researcher said he discovered an open data cache with names, grades, birthdates and more, after the Clark County School District refused to pay the ransom.

Personal information for students in the Clark County School District, which includes Las Vegas, has reportedly turned up on an underground forum, following a ransomware attack that researchers say was carried out by the Maze gang.

In early September, the Associated Press reported that the district was crippled during its first week of school thanks to a ransomware attack, potentially exposing personal information of employees, including names and Social Security numbers. The Clark County School District (CCSD) quickly confirmed the reporting via a Facebook post, where it noted that three days after school began online, on August 27, it found many of the school’s files to be inaccessible – though online learning platforms weren’t affected. At the time it said that “some private information may have been accessed.”

This week, Brett Callow, a threat analyst with Emisoft, told the Wall Street Journal that student information has turned up in an underground forum.

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Las Vegas Students’ Personal Data Leaked, Post-Ransomware Attack
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