April 12, 2012

Hcc Offering Identity Theft Protection Following IT Security Breach

BRIDGEPORT – A security breach at Housatonic Community College has potentially exposed some 87,000 records of confidential faculty, staff and student data to potential misuse.

Two computers at the college became infected with “zero-day malware,” which potentially exposed files available to the computers to unauthorized access. The files contained Personal Identifiable Information (PII), including names, addresses, dates of birth and social security numbers.

The malware was discovered during routine nightly scans. The computers in question were removed and sent to the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU) system office in Hartford for forensic analysis, which determined that the potentially exposed files contained confidential information.

The people whose records were potentially exposed will be offered identity theft protection for two years at HCC’s expense. Written notification will be provided to all of these individuals.

“We apologize for the inconvenience and concern that this has caused the people affected by the breach,” said HCC President Anita T. Gliniecki. “We take the protection of personal information very seriously and are taking steps to prevent future occurrences though a combination of new technical and operational controls.

To help answer questions, HCC has set up a special web page:

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Anson C. Smith, Public Relations Coordinator
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Tel: 203-332-5229, Fax: 203-332-5247