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Report: Hackers took personal info of more than 43,000 GTCC students | Education


The data breach that disrupted GTCC a month ago may have affected tens of thousands of current and former community college students.

GTCC was hit by a ransomware attack in mid-September in which someone gained unauthorized access to the college’s computer systems.

Guilford County Community College said Tuesday in a four-paragraph statement that it investigated the cyber attack “to determine what happened and to address the affected systems.” The college said state agencies, cybersecurity experts and the FBI helped, but it did not provide details on how hackers got into GTCC’s computer systems and what it did to prevent a future attack.

GTCC said it has contacted students, faculty and staff potentially affected by the data breach and will provide them with credit monitoring and identity recovery services for a year.

The college declined to comment on the cyber attack “due to the ongoing nature of this investigation.”

A GTCC spokeswoman also declined to comment on an online report that the data breach could affect more than 40,000 students.

DataBreaches.net, a site that covers cyberattacks and other cybersecurity incidents in the US and around the world, reported Monday that it was contacted by a former GTCC student who learned about the breach from the credit monitoring service. The site said it later found “more than 43,000 students’ names, date of birth, social security number, postal address, phone number and GTCC email addresses” in a single file posted online.


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