QuickWire: Security Lapse at Arizona 2-Year Colleges Could Affect 2.5 Million

The Maricopa County Community College District, a 10-college system based in Tempe, Ariz., said on Wednesday that it was notifying almost 2.5 million people that their names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and bank-account information may have been exposed to unauthorized viewers.

In a news release, district officials said they had begun investigating the security of their computer networks after federal authorities warned them about problems in late April. Among those whose information is affected are students, employees, and suppliers, but their credit-card and health information was not compromised.

“The complex investigation involved multiple servers and systems, and an extensive review of data, operations, and processes over several months,” according to the news release. “The investigation found employee conduct that did not meet the district’s standards and expectations, and appropriate employment action is being taken.”

Rufus Glasper, the community-college district’s chancellor, said in a statement: “While we are not aware of misuse of anyone’s personal information, we are providing resources to assist all of the people whose information was in these systems, including credit monitoring and other identity safeguards, managed by a nationally known identity-protection firm.”

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