Algonquin College server hacked but no data taken, college says

A server hack at Algonquin College in Ottawa left the personal information of more than 1,000 former students vulnerable but no data was taken, according to the college.

More than 1,000 former students in nursing and information technology programs affected by hack

Waubgeshig Rice explains no personal information was compromised, the school says. 2:45

A server hack at Algonquin College in Ottawa left the personal information of more than 1,000 former students vulnerable but no data was taken, according to the college.

A news release issued on Friday said 1,225 students in the Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs are affected.

The nursing program is delivered with the University of Ottawa, while the IT program is delivered with Carleton University.

The breakdown of students is:

  • Nursing program students in 2007 and 2008, plus a subset of applicants or students between 2004 and 2008 (525 people).
  • Information technology students from 2008 to 2012 (700 people).

The server was shut down as soon as the hack was found and an investigation was launched by a cyber-forensics firm, the college's release said.

More intruders found

"Although our investigation uncovered no direct evidence that any data was actually taken, it did reveal additional intruders," it read.

"We sincerely regret that this incident occurred. This is a concern both for those affected and for our institutions. We take our role in safeguarding applicant and student personal information very seriously."

The data included personal information of some students, who were then notified. No other students were affected, the college said.

Algonquin College said it is covering all costs incurred from credit bureau monitoring and identity theft protection.

"The most important take away for affected students is to please read their letter and take advantage of the resources we are offering," the release said.

Algonquin College has notified the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario about the hack.


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