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Vice Society threatens data leak with blurred photo of Okanagan College

The college faced a cyberattack on Jan. 9
(Black Press file photo)

Okanagan College is far from out of the woods after a cyberattack gained access to confidential data of staff and students.

Threat Analyst Brett Callow took to Twitter to share the news including a screenshot of the website for Vice Society, the group likely behind the hack, as it shows a blurred image of Okanagan College next to the threat.

Vice Society is threatening to make confidential data public, including logins, passwords, social security numbers, credit card numbers and contracts.

What the group is asking for is unknown, but the website states it will release over 850 GB of data as of 8 p.m. London time on Jan. 30.

Okanagan College provided an emailed statement regarding the claim by Vice Society:

“We are aware of the claim, however, our investigation is ongoing, and we are unable to provide further information at this time.

Earlier the week, we disclosed that certain information belonging to current students and employees may have been subject to risk as a result of the cyber-security incident we interrupted on January 9. We continue to encourage all current students and staff to take advantage of the offer of credit monitoring services.

The RCMP, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, and the Canadian Centre for Cyber-Security have all been notified, and we continue to follow their guidance.”

Further information on the response to the cyberattack can be found on the Okanagan College website.

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Brittany Webster

About the Author: Brittany Webster

I am a video journalist based in Kelowna and capturing life in the Okanagan
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