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Housatonic college sees possible computer breach

April 12, 2012
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—Housatonic Community College says a security breach has exposed about 87,000 records of confidential faculty, staff and student data to potential misuse.

Two computers at the college became infected with a type of malware, which is software intended to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information or gain unauthorized access to computer. As a result, files were potentially exposed to unauthorized access.

The college says the files contained names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers.

The Bridgeport college says the malware was discovered during routine scans. The computers in question were removed and will be examined.

Owners of records that were potentially exposed will be offered identity theft protection for two years paid for by the college.

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