Olympic College Investigates Credit Card, Debit Card Incidents
Olympic College was recently notified by students and employees that their credit card and debit card numbers were fraudulently used. In each reported case, the individuals stated their card was in their possession. The occurrences were not isolated to any one area. The college is investigating the reports and, out of caution, urging anyone that has used their credit card or debit card at Olympic College to review their statements and check with their financial institution.
The college is still determining the timing of the incidents and if credit card or debit card systems may have been compromised. The college is hiring a forensic investigator to check for a possible “hacker” break-in of its financial transaction systems. In light of the reports, the college has restricted or removed its transactions systems from the merchant internet network and will offer manual credit card and debit card machines temporarily as a precaution.
“Olympic College takes the protection of financial information very seriously. Right now, we’re focused on determining if the college’s systems may have been compromised,” said Evelyn Hernandez, the college’s information security officer. “We will be working with forensics experts to determine if there may have been a hacker break-in and if any access may have occurred.”
The college started an internal investigation on Wednesday, June 27 when it began receiving reports from students and employees that their credit card and debit cards were used fraudulently. As a result of the reports, the college’s technical staff took immediate action and checked transaction systems for possible fraudulent devices. None were found during their investigation.
The college is continuing to gather information and will provide additional updates related to the incidents. Based on the college’s forensic investigation, if it is determined that individuals financial information has been compromised, the college will notify those individuals as expediently as possible.