Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey to provide free credit monitoring after cyberattack


GODFREY – Some students at Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC) will receive free credit monitoring following a cyberattack last fall.

On November 23, 2021, a ransomware attack was launched on the college’s computer network. A ransomware attack is usually a type of malware designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid.

The school was closed for about 10 days to address the security breach. An investigation that ended in March determined that the hacker may have obtained student information, including addresses, driver’s license numbers, facial photographs, health insurance information, medical information, phone numbers. social security and student identification numbers.

“Our investigation has identified a limited amount of data from individuals who may have been at risk during the incident,” LCCC President Ken Trzaska said. “Any individual with personal information at risk has been or will be notified.”

In a letter to affected students, the LCCC said it was not aware of any misuse of student information, but was working to help students protect their information.

“There is no evidence that your information has been individually accessed or misused,” the LCCC told the students involved. “Nevertheless, we are providing this notification out of an abundance of caution.”

LCCC is working with Experian IdentityWorks to provide one year of credit monitoring at college expense. According to Trzaska, this offer is extended to all students whose data may have been affected. The exact number of students affected is not known, he said.

“It’s an unfortunate situation that this happened in college,” he said. “We’re just looking forward to stepping forward and helping out however we can.”

The LCCC attack was discovered two days before Thanksgiving when the school’s IT director detected suspicious activity and proactively took systems offline. A ransom note from the hackers demanded payment, although Trzaska declined to reveal the sum or identify the suspected culprits.

The credit monitoring offer will be available for students until July 13. Students with questions or seeking assistance are encouraged to call 877-288-8057.

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