- Over 750,000 individuals potentially affected by a data breach at Lansing Community College, where unauthorized access to personal information, including names and Social Security numbers, occurred between December 2022 and March 2023.
- Lansing Community College takes action by launching a forensic investigation, notifying law enforcement, and offering credit monitoring services through Kroll for impacted individuals, while also providing guidance on protecting against identity theft and fraud.
Lansing Community College (LCC) has confirmed that it experienced a significant data breach, impacting 757,832 individuals. The breach took place between December 25, 2022, and March 15, 2023, but was only discovered on May 24, 2023.
LCC’s Director of Public Relations, Marilyn Twine, revealed that the college became aware of suspicious activity on its computer network around March 14, 2023, and promptly initiated an investigation with the help of third-party forensic specialists. Through the investigation, it was determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed systems storing personal information, including names and social security numbers of employees, students, and vendors.
As of now, LCC stated that there is no evidence of any identity theft or fraud in connection with the breach. Nonetheless, the college has taken immediate action to mitigate the potential impact on those affected.
In a statement, Twine elaborated on the steps taken by LCC: “Upon discovering the event, LCC moved quickly to investigate and respond to the incident, assess the security of LCC systems, and identify potentially affected individuals.” She added that the college is providing access to credit monitoring services through Kroll for twelve months at no cost to those affected.
Moreover, LCC is actively advising affected individuals on how to protect themselves against identity theft and fraud, including providing guidance on placing fraud alerts and credit freezes on credit files.
The college has also notified law enforcement and is cooperating with their investigation. Furthermore, it is sending written notices to relevant state regulators and the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
LCC urges those affected to remain vigilant by reviewing account statements and monitoring free credit reports to detect any irregularities. Additionally, individuals are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to the Federal Trade Commission, their state Attorney General, and law enforcement.