Southern College of Optometry notifies students whose loan information was hacked

The Southern College of Optometry (SCO) has notified an undisclosed number of students whose student loan information and Social Security numbers were in an employee email account that was hacked.

In its notification letter of July 16, SCO President Lewis N. Reich, OD, PhD writes:

As stated in our email of June 15, 2018, we discovered that an SCO employee’s email account was hacked that same day. Although we do not have any evidence that any misuse of personal information has occurred as a result of this incident, there was an email in the employee’s email account which contained a list of students who had received student loans. As stated earlier, this list contained the student names, loan amounts, and Social Security numbers. From our investigation, it appears that the email containing this information was forwarded by the hacker to a third party email address.

You can read the full notification letter on the web site of the Vermont Attorney General.

And no, still hasn’t received the full response to my Freedom of Information request to the U.S. Education Department for reports of breaches they have received.



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