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Millions of victims of a data hack that targeted a Kansas state agency in possession of Social Security numbers were not informed of the breach directly, according to information obtained through an open records request.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service

Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system used by multiple states gained access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers and put the agency on the hook to pay for credit monitoring services for all victims.

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According to a report in the New York Times, several companies that operate nuclear power plants in the U.S. have been hacked since May, including one near Burlington, KS.

The Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant in Coffey County was singled out in the report.

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On Monday night, the Wichita School Board approved an expense of up to $2 million to update the district's cyber security. Representatives from USD 259 say steps are being taken to keep its computer network safe after an attempted hack of the district-wide system last year.

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Wichita Public Schools has released the following statement:

Good afternoon parents,

I am pleased to tell you that we are beginning the process to bring our critical business systems back online, including our student information system (Synergy) that powers ParentVUE.

We hope to restore full access by the end of the week, though it will take our teachers several weeks to get caught up with online grades due to the time our system has been unavailable.

As you know, we disabled access last week when we discovered an attempted computer system hacking of the district's network. Our investigation is nearing its conclusion, and it is with safety of student and staff data in mind that we begin the restart process.

Please review the following:

 Access to ParentVUE and StudentVUE

 - We hope to restore full access to ParentVUE by the end of this week. Once this is done we will send notice to you through email, social media, and our automated calling system. Your ParentVUE user name and password will not change. Please keep in mind that due to the time our system has been unavailable, it will take teachers several weeks to get caught up with online grades.

Data Remains Safe

- Our investigation is nearing its conclusion. Based on the investigation done by our cyber-security experts, there is no evidence at this time that any student records have been removed from our systems.

Our entire district community has been inconvenienced because of this situation, and I want to say THANK YOU for your continued patience and support of our district as we worked through the investigation. We look forward to being back up and running at full speed very soon.


John Allison


Original Story:

The Wichita Public School District is making progress at getting its computer systems back online.

The systems were disabled more than a week ago after an employee discovered a hacking attempt into one of the district’s systems.

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Update: In a statement, USD 259 Superintendent John Allison said that the district is still investigating the hacking attempt and that there was no evidence at this time that it involves student records. While some of the district's computer programs may be down for the time being, the investigation's initial indications show that the hacking attempt was limited.

Original Story:

An investigation is underway at the Wichita Public School District to find the extent of a computer hacking attempt.

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A Turkish group calling itself the Agent Hacker Group has taken credit for hacking one of the City of Wichita's websites.