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Data Breach At Community College

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A hacker looks at lines of code on a laptop (Photo Credit: Adam Berry / Getty Images)

A hacker looks at lines of code on a laptop (Photo Credit: Adam Berry / Getty Images)

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Housatonic Community College posted notice on its website that two computers had been infected by malware which may have exposed identities of 87,000 members of the campus community. The college’s president said someone at the school opened an email that carried a virus.

Files which may have been exposed in the breach included names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers for faculty members, students and staff who had spent time at the school since the early 1990’s.

The college said those whose personal information may be vulnerable will be offered identity theft protection at school expense for two years.

President Anita Gliniecki  says all those whose names were in the files will be notified.  She says the school is taking steps to prevent future occurrences.

Gliniecki said the school’s response could cost as much as a half a million dollars.  She said the college’s operations will be impacted, but such an expense.

Gliniecki said the virus-laden email seemed innocuous, but she declined to describe it in detail.

School officials say there is no indication that anyone’s personal information was actually taken, and no evidence that the data has been misused.

The college has set up a special web page for questions on the breach:  www.housatonic.edu/security.

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