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MCCKC falls victim to ransomware attack

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 14:11:38-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City announced Wednesday that it was the victim of a ransomware attack.

The attack involved names, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, medical information and bank account information of students and employees.

MCCKC said the ransomware attack resulted in certain data being encrypted and a third-party forensic investigation took place to understand the scope of the access the attacker gained.

The attack happened from March 10 to June 4 of this year, the investigation determined.

It is unclear if any data was taken from the system or misused, but it is possible the private data could have been accessed.

MCCKC said they chose to notify all potentially impacted parties out of caution in transparency even though there is no evidence the data was extracted or used.

"Privacy of data is a top priority for MCCKC and due to our security posture, MCCKC did not lose access to its systems, backup systems, or other operational data. However, in an abundance of caution, MCCKC has implemented additional safeguards to further secure system information," a release from the school stated.

Anyone with questions about the attack can call the MCCKC assistance line at 855-907-2122.