SAN BENITO, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Authorities are investigating computer security breach at the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District after an unknown person allegedly accessed confidential information.

The Cameron County District’s Attorney Office reached out to notify the Texas Attorney General that “vast amounts of confidential information” were stolen from the district, according to a news release from DA Luis V. Saenz.

ValleyCentral reached out to San Benito CISD for a comment.

December 20, 2022

San Benito Consolidated Independent School District recently concluded an investigation into a cybersecurity incident involving unauthorized access to certain devices within the District’s network. When the District became aware of the incident, it immediately took affirmative steps to address the issue and notified the FBI.

The District is not being investigated by the FBI but rather is assisting with the FBI’s investigation by providing valuable information that was gathered by the District and the District’s cybersecurity partners.

To assist in its response to the incident, the District engaged outside cybersecurity experts to advise and conduct an investigation. The investigation determined that an unauthorized party took certain files from the District’s network. The District has conducted a thorough and exhaustive review of those files and is in the process of sending notification letters directly to individuals whose sensitive personal information was identified in the files.

The District takes seriously its responsibility to protect all information it maintains. To help prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future, the District has implemented additional measures to enhance the security of its network.

San Benito Independent School District

The district attorney said the FBI and private security professional consultants have been notified and an investigation is underway.

“If you believe you have been a victim of this computer security breach, please notify the police or the Texas Attorney General immediately,” Saenz said.