NDSCS to offer identity theft protection for more than 15000 current and …

The information includes names, Social Security numbers and mailing addresses. The breach affected computers at both the Wahpeton and Fargo campuses.

The school believes the malware was intended to “launch attacks on other computers and systems.” NDSCS does not believe students’ personal information was stolen.

“We do not have sufficient evidence, however, to determine without a doubt that the information was not accessed,” the school’s website said.

The malware was discovered Sept. 1, and the school’s website said they delayed reporting for the purposes of investigation and also to “make sure the computers were properly secured prior to making notifications that could attract the attention of other attackers.”

After discovering malware, the school began an internal investigation and contacted law enforcement and a national forensic organization.

NDSCS will be sending letters to all affected students and has arranged to provide 12 months of identity protection to them.

A toll-free hotline at (877) 615-3755 has been set up to answer questions about the breach. The hotline will open Friday at 8 a.m. and will operate between from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday “for the foreseeable future,” according to the release.

More information is available at https://www.ndscs.edu/data.

Article source: http://www.wday.com/content/ndscs-offer-identity-theft-protection-more-15000-current-and-former-students-after-malware

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