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Security breach of Texas teachers' social security numbers discovered

Educators all over Texas are learning some of their personal information has been compromised.

Educators all over Texas are learning some of their personal information has been compromised.

The Texas Association of School Boards has been sending out letters informing teachers that their name and social security numbers were not kept secure.

"I got a letter saying that my information has been exposed by accident on the computer," said, middle school teacher, Christie Garrett.

In the letter it states, the Texas Association of School Boards website application inadvertantly became visible on the internet.

The result is that many school districts employees names and social security numbers were exposed.

"I'm extremely worried," Garrett said. "It makes me real nervous to have someone with my name and my social security number out there opening up a credit card, having it mailed to their addresses, ruining my credit."

Since getting the letter in the mail, Garrett has been imagining the worst.

"I don't even know for how long it was exposed." Garrett said.

TASB spokeswoman, Barbara Williams admits they don't know how long the names and numberse were online and also that it may have varied depending on the school district.

"Initially I thought maybe it was just Pflugerville, but then the more I talked to people on Facebook, I discovered wow, it's lots of other school districts that are being affected by this," Garrett said.

What seemed most disturbing to Garrett was the length of time the TASB waited to inform educators.

The TASB learned of the incident on May 22, but the letter to Plugerville I.S.D. educators was dated July 28.

Williams said all the school districts were notified in June, also that the TASB has been sending letters out as they get addresses from the school districts.

While Williams would not agree to an on camera interview, she did send this statement, explaining corrective actions they've taken, also additional security training and protocols that are now in place.

In the letter to affected employees, the TASB has offered to pay for a 1 year membership to an identity protection service, ProtectMyID Alert.

"I'm not sure that 1 year is going to be enough to make me feel safe about my information," Garrett said. "I think criminals are extremely smart these days."

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