MPD: No Leads on Stolen Hard Drive with MISD Student Data 2/4/14
CBS 7 News
February 4, 2014
MIDLAND-The City of Midland's Spokesperson Sara Higgins tells CBS 7 that Midland Police do not currently have any leads after the reported theft of an MISD hard drive containing the social security numbers and birth dates of 14,000 current and past students.
"It is an open case, but there is no investigation without leads," said Higgins.
Higgins said the incident was reported on January 23 after an MISD employee said a hard drive and laptop were missing from her Ford F-150. The employee is a Drop-out Prevention and Recovery and At-Risk Coordinator.
The discovery was made by her and her husband early that morning, but MPD was unable to take fingerprints because both opened the doors to the vehicle multiple times before realizing the theft occurred.
Higgins said, according to the report, that the driver door was not closed all the way when the employee's husband first entered the vehicle that morning.
MISD's Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren confirmed yesterday that thousands of social security numbers and birth dates were on the hard drive, which was not password protected.
ďIíve got to do a better job to make sure that everything we have is protected, you know I canít stop thefts and we canít stop these kinds of thieves and Iím sorry that we are going to have to deal with that right now,Ē said MISD Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren yesterday.
Warren said they will immediately begin password protecting all electronic devices and will be revising policy.
Warren referred parents to the three major credit bureaus to help with the issue.
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Warren said there is no reason to suspect that the hard drive was taken with the intention of using the data on it.