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Has The LAUSD Been Hacked Again?

For the second time in two years, sensitive information about District students, families, and teachers is available on the Dark Web.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
4 min readJun 19, 2024

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If any inkling of a hack happens again, the public will know immediately. We will do that as a Board.

– LAUSD Board Member Scott Schmerelson

When the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) had its computers infiltrated by Russian hackers 22 months ago it provided a case study on how not to respond to a crisis. In the immediate aftermath of the attack, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho not only lied about the timeline of the attack but threatened anyone who publicly questioned these fictional details, saying they would be investigated by the “federal authorities.” Then after denying for months that any sensitive information had been compromised, the District was forced to admit that “detailed and highly-sensitive mental health records of hundreds — and likely thousands — of former Los Angeles students”, including “psychological evaluations” could be found on the Dark Web. The breach particularly affected students receiving Special Education services.

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com