Credit monitoring urged after Altus college computer breach

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 3, 2009 at 6:09 am •  Published: March 3, 2009
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ALTUS — A computer breach at Western Oklahoma State College may have exposed Social Security numbers and other identifying information for 1,500 campus library users.

The two-year college alerted students and staff Monday about the breach, which is believed to have occurred Nov. 11. It was discovered Feb. 18. An unauthorized program known as a rootkit was installed on a server administered by an outside party.

College officials said they’ve had no reports of fraud, but library patrons dating to 2004 should monitor their credit reports for unusual activity.

"There is no indication that any of the data on the machine was actually compromised — only that the opportunity for someone to access it existed,” said Kent Brooks, chief technology officer.

Brooks said the server was secured and the college will track students by ID number in the future.

More information was posted by the college online at incident.wosc.edu.


BACKGROUND
OSU INCIDENT

Last year, a breach of a computer server at Oklahoma State University exposed names, addresses and Social Security numbers of about 70,000 students, staff and faculty who bought parking and transit services permits in the past six years. OSU said it received no reports of fraud because of the breach.

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