Nearly 300,000 Florida Students and Faculty Hacked and at Risk of Identity Theft

According to school officials, almost 300,000 students and faculty members have had their personal information compromised in a widespread hack around Florida colleges. Enough information was leaked to lead to identity theft, and there are at least 50 cases of that occurring already.

The hack is centered around Northwest Florida State College, and affects about 2,200 employees. But it is more widespread because it also seems to affect every student who was eligible for Florida's Bright Futures scholarships from 2005 to 2007. More detailed records of 76,000 NFSC students were also stolen.

The hack occurred some time between late May and early September. While federal authorities are assisting with the investigation, the best thing you can do right now if you might be affected is check on all your accounts, and make sure nothing unauthorized is going on. [CNET, CBS]

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