Students of Oberlin College (Ohio), Grinnell College (Iowa), and Hamilton College (New York) were victims of a data breach where their personal information was accessed from the college admission database. The three colleges use a platform called Technosolutions’ Slate that stores the information of students who applied for admission. Passwords of employees were phished which lead to access of the network and a takeover of the databases that could also have come from a Google Chrome code error. An exact number of students has not been released, but it is believed that each student was asked for a ransom in order to get their information back. Initially, one Bitcoin which equals $3,800 USD was asked for, but it was reduced to around $60 USD worth of Bitcoin. Technosolutions reached out to the colleges and asked to “review the security practices of their single sign-on and password reset systems.” None of the colleges have released a statement regarding the matter at the time of writing this article.
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