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Class action lawsuit alleges MCCC knew about security vulnerability

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Students, employees, and anyone who did business with Maricopa County Community College could be at risk. Attorneys say 2.5 million people were affected maybe more.

Names, social security numbers, addresses, were all stolen from Maricopa County Community College databases.

"Their private information has been exposed, it's been compromised," said attorney Mark Fuller.

Attorney Mark Fuller said that, for years, MCCC was repeatedly warned, even by the FBI, about their computer security problems but did nothing.

As a result, the class action lawsuit says in April 2013 the FBI found MCCC's private information for sale online.

"Regrettably the district waited seven months to even come forward and tell the public this happened, which even exacerbated the situation," said Fuller.

Fuller says five people have either joined the class action lawsuit or filed a notice of claim. Some of them already had their identities stolen. And just because you never worked for or went to school at a Maricopa Community College does not mean you are not at risk.

"We have heard from people who do not remember having any contact with the community college district who got letters from them that their information was compromised," he said.

Fuller says the information taken is worse than having your credit card number stolen.

"Everything that someone would need to open up a bank account in your name, or file a fraudulent tax return in your name, to any one of a number of things that are very difficult to deal with, and now imagine that information has been exposed to the entire world via the internet," said Fuller.

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