EMCC Notifies 42,000 Former Students, Staff Of Potential Data Breach
Eastern Maine Community College on Friday notified 42,000 current and former students and employees of a potential data breach after certain computers at the college were recently infected with malware.
"Although EMCC has not identified any direct loss of data as a result of the infection, some usernames and passwords associated with college domain and email accounts along with personally identifiable information (name, address, Social Security Number, date of birth) may have been accessed by an unauthorized party," reads the statement.
The Bangor college is notifying individuals who attended EMCC between summer 1998 and summer 2018 or were employed by the college between 2008 and 2018.
"We very much regret the inconvenience or concern this incident may cause. EMCC takes seriously the protection of personal information, and our efforts to improve and strengthen our electronic security are ongoing," EMCC President Lisa Larson said. "Unfortunately, institutions of all kinds around the world are increasingly subject to sophisticated and aggressive hacking tactics such as the one involved in this incident."
EMCC officials are working with federal investigators.
The college is offering free credit monitoring and identity restoration services.