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Hackers heist 300,000 records from Florida college
St. Petersburg - Tampa Bay Times ^

Posted on 10/11/2012 5:06:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

A massive security breach at Northwest Florida State College has affected 300,000 records in the school's computer systems, including information on about 200,000 students statewide who were once eligible for Bright Futures scholarships, the school said Wednesday.

The compromised information contained the names and Social Security and bank routing numbers of students, teachers, staff and retirees.

Hackers also stole 200,000 records of people who may never have attended or set foot on the Niceville campus in Okaloosa County. The names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for students statewide who were Bright Futures scholarship candidates in 2005-06 and 2006-07 also were taken, the school said.

The Bright Futures program grants scholarships to public colleges and universities in the state based on academic merit.

Among the other files taken by the hackers: some 76,000 student records containing personal information and more than 3,000 employee records, including some that contained confidential financial information. Among the employees, about 50 have reported having their identity stolen or funds taken from bank accounts used for direct deposit.

The breach occurred sometime between late May and late September. The school notified the public on Monday. It was discovered during an internal review from Oct. 1 through Oct. 5.

The school's president, Ty Handy, was among the employees victimized, the school said.

"We know that from May 21, 2012, until Sept. 24, 2012, one or more hackers accessed one folder on our main server...........

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: computer; hacker; identitytheft; personalrecords

1 posted on 10/11/2012 5:06:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

thanks for the info. Have forwarded to my extended family members who live in that area & have taken courses there.


2 posted on 10/11/2012 5:34:59 AM PDT by sassy steel magnolia (USAF life and Navy wife...God Bless the USA!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Bright Futures scholarships is funded by the Florida lottery. It’s all a gamble.


3 posted on 10/11/2012 5:39:25 AM PDT by Daffynition (Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious. ~ HLM)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’ve been saying for a long time, with the right reward, everything we need to know about Obama can be found.......


4 posted on 10/11/2012 5:41:33 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Jab him with a harpoon.....)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When are hackers ever going to steal certain records from Columbia or Harvard?


5 posted on 10/11/2012 5:59:19 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (I have a copy of the Constitution! And I'm not afraid to use it!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Potential voter fraud? Who might be interested in a couple dozen thousand names, SSN’s, and addresses of an age group with a historically low voter turnout?


6 posted on 10/11/2012 6:30:50 AM PDT by Tailback
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To: rfreedom4u

Occidental is the big one. Registered as a foreign student?


7 posted on 10/11/2012 6:44:33 AM PDT by golf lover (going)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Agree 110 percent! The right offer ($’s) for something will always get that something. Barry got sealed divorce records of not one but 2 opponents unsealed (Axelrod?) to win the senate primary and then the general election. In both cases, he was going to be the loser.


8 posted on 10/11/2012 6:56:14 AM PDT by golf lover (going)
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