NWFSC employee information compromised in hacking incident

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

Forty or less vendors that the college does online transfers and bill payments with might have had bank account information taken also, but nothing had been reported as of Monday.

“We speculate that this was a professional, coordinated attack by one or more hackers,” Handy said. “We believe that the hackers are having to do specific work to pull together enough information about an individual employee to steal their identity.”

The incident occurred between May 21 and Sept. 24.

To date, about 50 employees, including Handy, have reported issues related to identity theft including unauthorized bank withdrawals and credit cards.

An investigator from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office cybercrime unit has been assigned to the case and further information will be made available as officials learn more, the news release stated.

The college is in the process of setting up a website that will include the most up-to-date information on the issue. It is expected by the end of the week.

Formal notices will be sent out to people who might have had information on the folder accessed as soon as possible.

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