District: HF-L students broke into superintendent’s account

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Student records in the Honeoye Falls-Lima school district were likely accessed in an unauthorized breach, district officials released Tuesday.

A notice went out to parents and faculty in the Honeoye Falls-Lima school district warning of the security breach, saying individuals were able to peruse student information.

“The school district discovered that someone unauthorized accessed administrator user account.”

It turns out, it wasn’t just an individual, it was a group of students, and it wasn’t just any administrator’s user account — it was the superintendent’s account.

Superintendent Gene Mancuso indicated he believed that students were trying to access their information and perhaps change their records or their grades. But how did they get into his account in the first place?

Solina Lewis: “…You were logged in and students accessed it through your login or they guessed your password, they hacked?…”
Superintendent Mancuso: “Yes, something along those lines.”
Lewis: “Those were three options?”
Mancuso: “Right, one of those may be correct… I want to say to you that I am confident that we have resolved the issue and I thank you for driving all the way out to HF-L to take on the story.”

The superintendent would not be more specific about how the student’s gained access and walked out of the room while reporters were still asking questions about what kind of information was able to be accessed during this breach.

In the end, district officials say they forced the staff to change their passwords. They also say, ultimately, it appears no student records were altered.

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