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Bridgewater-Raritan Schools Data Breach Exposes Personal Info

A New Jersey school district has offered employees free membership to identity monitoring services after discovering a hacker in December gained access to social security numbers and insurance enrollment information.

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(TNS) — The social security numbers of Bridgewater-Raritan school district employees were exposed when someone hacked into the district’s computer system in December, officials said.

In addition to social security numbers, an “unauthorized actor” had access to insurance enrollment information for employees and “other individuals,” the Somerset County district said in a statement.

The district didn’t say how many employees were affected by the computer breach, which took place between Dec. 10 and Dec. 12.

District officials learned of the breach Dec. 12 when they noticed “suspicious” activity on the computer network.

The school district sent letters to the affected employees Jan. 27 and offered them free membership to identity monitoring services.

Anyone impacted with questions can call a call center at 877-869-4553 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The school district “takes privacy and confidentiality very seriously and continues to take steps to enhance the security of its computer systems and the data it maintains,” Bridgewater-Raritan school officials said in a statement.

Bridgewater police and district officials couldn’t immediately provide additional information.

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