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TCC Data Breach

By: Tallahassee Community College; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Tallahassee Community College; Lanetra Bennett Email
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By: Lanetra Bennett
March 22, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - More than 3,000 students' personal information has been compromised at TCC.

College officials say the data breach was brought to their attention through a federal investigation.

Students at Tallahassee Community College give their personal information to the financial aid office in hopes of getting money, not having it taken away from them.

Authorities are trying to keep that from happening. But, the campus police chief says there has been a breach.

TCC student William Edward says, "There are people out there that are sufficient to get people's personal information and hack into the main system. It doesn't surprise me."

TCC says the personal information of around 3,300 students has been compromised.

TCC Police Chief David Hendry says he believes the security breach happened internally, and not from an outsider hacking into the computer system.

He says, "We take it very seriously. We're going to conduct a thorough investigation. We've identified some changes that we will make internally to ensure that this type of breach of information doesn't occur again."

Chief Hendry says two men from Miami were convicted of an IRS tax refund scam. He says the feds discovered then that the scheme involved information taken from TCC financial aid records in March 2011.

He says federal officials notified TCC of the breach in late January of this year. Chief Hendry says that's when TCC started identifying those who were possibly impacted.

Chief Hendry says no employees were impacted.

Beginning Monday, TCC will mail personalized letters to the students potentially impacted by the data breach. The letters will detail how to check the security of their identities.

While authorities believe this was an internal job, Chief Hendry says it's too early to say for sure if it was an employee who stole the information.

The investigation is ongoing. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting in the case.


Press Release: Tallahassee Community College

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 22, 2013) - Tallahassee Community College, on Friday, announced that an unauthorized acquisition of computerized data that may materially compromise the security, confidentiality, or integrity of personal information occurred in March 2011.

College officials were recently notified of the breach of security by federal officials. The federal investigation resulted in the conviction of a Miami, Fla., man on one count of conspiracy to submit false claims to the Internal Revenue Service, one count of access device fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

"TCC values the protection of private information, so we take this matter very seriously," said TCC Chief of Police David Hendry. "We have identified the group of individuals whose information may have been compromised, and we will immediately begin the process of contacting each one."

According to Hendry, the College believes the breach occurred internally and impacts approximately 3,300 individuals. An investigation into the breach is ongoing.

Beginning Monday, TCC will mail personalized letters to the persons potentially impacted by the data breach. The letters will detail what steps individuals can take to check the security of their identities; TCC will also provide additional resources, including a TCC hotline to provide further information.


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