Community College Hacker May Have Compromised Sensitive Information

Tens of thousands of people in our state are being told to check their credit status, after a hacker may have stolen sensitive information from a server of the community college system.

Officials say there is no evidence so far that the hacker actually accessed personal information, but that the servers hacked into contained social security numbers and drivers license numbers from some community college libraries.

The community colleges in the East whose library user information included driver's license numbers are Beaufort, Halifax, Martin, Pamlico, and Wilson.

The community colleges that had social security numbers of patrons on its library server are Lenoir, Nash, Pamlico, Roanoke-Chowan, and Wilson.

Officials said the libraries collected the sensitive data to help identify its users, but they've started removing that now. It's not clear why the state waited until now to announce a breach that happened and was discovered in August.

To read the full press release from NC Community Colleges, click here.


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  • by MCC Grad Location: Williamston on Dec 18, 2009 at 11:04 PM
    Fantastic... I find out yesterday that I have suspicious activity on my credit report and now some idiot with nothing better to do than mess with people has apparently made my drivers license number public. Just amazing...
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Dec 18, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    NC using that stimulus to upgrade Community College IT infrastructure. Remember that was announced this summer. Obviously the stimulus money is in the NC DNC pockets for election spending in 2010 and 2012 and never quite made it to the CC's.
  • by ???? Location: Williamston on Dec 18, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    A hacker can get information for all these students and the goverment can't find Obama's birth certificate. I find that strange.....
  • by Melvin Location: JC on Dec 18, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    Our government at it's best again,the little people are always the one's to suffer.
  • by wow on Dec 18, 2009 at 03:48 AM
    seriously? I go to COA in EC and we havnt even been told this yet..
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