Bloomington Public Schools Human Resources reported on their website information about the Bloomington District Employee Data Breach and they shared steps employees can take to protect themselves.
On Feb. 10 an unknown and unauthorized individual illegally acquired the personal and financial information of our employees that is contained on the Federal W-2 Tax Form through a phishing attempt, including name, address, social security number, earnings, and school tax ID information. No bank account information was obtained. We have filed complaints with the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Center, and Bloomington Police. We are assisting in the investigation of this criminal conduct.
We believe this information may have been obtained with the intent to file fraudulent tax returns. Please note that we have insurance coverage that provides coverage for fees due to legal related expenses per policy limits, and provides coverage for wages lost due to legal proceedings and court if an incident would occur due to the release of information. We have also contracted with IdentifyForce to provide one (1) year of personal security protection for all employees. You will be receiving a letter via USPS with information to enroll in a free theft protection and credit monitoring service early next week. The letter will explain much more about the services offered.
In the interim, you should take all precautions that you deem appropriate for your circumstances to protect your personal and financial interests. This may include contacting the following: IRS, Equifax (1-800-525-6285), Experian (1-888-397-3742) and TransUnion (1-800-680-7289). Please see the FAQs below to gain more information
We apologize for this inconvenience and are taking further steps to protect district data and information.
Update: District leadership will meet Monday morning, Feb. 13, and site leaders will meet with their teams shortly after.