Student information exposed during breach at North Orange County Community College

Exploit: SRansomware
North Orange County Community College District: Institution of Higher Learning


Risk to Business: 2.667 = Moderate

North Orange County Community College District in California has been notifying more than 19,000 people about a data security incident. A statement on the school’s website disclosed that Cypress College and Fullerton College in the NOCCCD system experienced a ransomware attack in March 2022. The notice was also posted to the website for Fullerton College for International Students and the Cypress College on-campus Dental Hygiene Clinic, but no confirmation that students in these locations were impacted.


Risk to Individual: 2.901 = Moderate

Exposed information may include a student’s name and passport number or other unique identification number issued on a government document (such as Social Security number or driver’s license number) and possibly financial account information and/or medical information for some students.

How It Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Schools have been a favorite target of bad actors and school system databases are popular targets because they often hold big stores of information.

Risk Levels:
1 - 1.5 = Extreme Risk
1.51 - 2.49 = Severe Risk
2.5 - 3 = Moderate Risk

*The risk score is calculated using a formula that considers a wide range of factors related to the assessed breach.

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