Lorain County Community College servers hacked

Two servers belonging to Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio were hacked by an individual(s) apparently trying to steal server space to host internet attacks.

How many victims? 22,000 students, community users and employees.

What types of personal information? Social Security numbers.

What happened? The intrusion, which occurred during the Thanksgiving break, was apparently orchestrated to pilfer additional storage space for the hackers - not to steal personal information. The college's security systems detected the breach, thanks to a virus alert, and immediately shut down server access.

What was the response? Victims were notified by letter, which contained information of how to register for credit monitoring.

Source:, The Chronicle-Telegram (Ohio), "Hackers strike LCCC system," Dec. 24, 2008.

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