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Data breach potentially impacts 368,000 current, former Florida Virtual School students

The school is offering one year of identity protection services at no cost to those impacted.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Nearly 368,000 current and former Florida Virtual School students and about 2,000 teachers may have had their personal information stolen in a data breach.

"Although an investigation has determined that no financial information was affected, the incident could involve some personal information in FLVS school records, including students’ names, dates of birth, school account usernames and passwords, physical school identification, as well as parents’ names and parent emails," the school said.

The breach occurred Feb. 12 but the school released information about the incident on Friday.

"An immediate comprehensive IT security investigation was initiated and an independent forensic cybersecurity investigation firm was hired to assess the scope of the breach and take action to prevent a reoccurrence," the school said.

FLVS is offering one year of free identity protection services through Experian to those whose information was in the school's database between May 2, 2016 and Feb. 12, 2018.

Qualifying students or their parents can learn more and signup for identity protection services at www.experianidworks.com/FLVS or by calling (888) 829-6553. Students should reference engagement number DB05741.

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