FL: School officials investigate possible breach involving firm they never used

John Henderson reports: Alachua County school officials are investigating whether students’ personal information was compromised after a data breach in a computer system connected to school meal programs. The district notified families of school children Monday that a letter sent out recently by PCS Revenue Control Systems Inc. — a company that handles computer services for reduced lunch programs — is legitimate. We’ve been seeing a number of these notifications, as reported elsewhere on this site.  But in this case, school officials note that they never had a contract with PCS Revenue Control. “Although our district has not used PCS Revenue Control Systems, we did use a company called Advanced Business Technologies (ABT) that was later taken over by PCS,” the letter said. “Our contract with ABT to gather information for families applying for free or reduced-price meals ended in 2016.” So it seems that PCS got the district’s data when it acquired ABT, even though there was never a direct contract with PCS. School district officials report they are having trouble getting in touch with PCS.DataBreaches.netRead More