NWFSC employee information compromised in hacking incident

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Published: Monday, October 8, 2012 at 06:58 PM.

NICEVILLE — The personal information of at least 50 Northwest Florida State College employees, and perhaps students and vendors, was compromised in an apparent hacking incident.

College officials announced the online security breach Monday afternoon after conducting a week-long investigation following reports from five employees about issues with their bank accounts.

“The integrity of the NWFSC system has been restored and there is no indication of any additional instances of compromise of personal information,” NWFSC President Ty Handy stated in a news release. “An investigation is ongoing on the full nature and scope of the breach.”

Right now, officials believe a folder on the main server containing information about 3,201 current and retired employees since 2002 was compromised. A variety of information was taken from it, including the names, birthdates, Direct Deposit routing and account information and Social Security numbers, the release stated.

Additional information such as addresses and phone numbers might have also been taken, Handy said.

The college has not found any evidence that student or vendor information was taken, but officials are alerting everyone as a precaution since that information was also available in the accessed folder, Handy said.

If student data was taken it might include information such as phone numbers, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

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