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York Tech officials: Data of 12,000 applicants may be vulnerable

The personal information of up to 12,000 York Technical College applicants and students may be vulnerable, college officials said Tuesday.

In a written statement, president Greg Rutherford said the possible data vulnerability was discovered by a prospective student seeking a certification at the school. That individual then notified York Tech officials.

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Rutherford said the vulnerability was discovered in mid-April and affects individuals who applied to the college between January 2012 and April 2013.

Letters notifying the applicants whose information is vulnerable have been sent out.

They include steps that can be taken to protect their personal information and one year of free credit monitoring services.

“While there has been no evidence of malicious access to private data, I sincerely apologize for this situation and any ramifications it may cause our students and stakeholders,” Rutherford said. “My personal goal is to take responsibility, provide information and protection for individuals affected, and prevent any similar occurrences from happening in the future. Moving forward, the College will have an expert third-party data security firm on-site this week to reaffirm our assessment and to recommend how we can intensify our safeguards college-wide. ”

The college is now offering one year of free credit monitoring service for students affected by the vulnerability.

For more details, call (877) 606-7333 or click here.

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