Sierra College serves more than 18,000 students in Rocklin, California, and surrounding areas. This public university offers more than 120 different degrees and certificates. It also offers distance learning courses to students around the country. The is well-known for its many center locations and is based in Rocklin, Tahoe-Truckee, Roseville, and Grass Valley. Between its many locations and its distance learning programs, the school is a powerful educational resource.
During the data breach, some or all of the following information could have been accessed:
Some of Sierra College's network files were encrypted in a ransomware attack. An unauthorized user was able to gain access to secure files on the network and may have accessed confidential information during the short time the files were accessible.
The college system breach happened on August 20, 2022.
The breach could impact current students of Sierra college, as well as individuals applying for the school or who were in the process of enrolling for the school during the time the information was accessed. This confidential information could be used in harmful ways that may negatively impact the credit scores of the victims.
It's unclear how many total files were impacted by this attack. Enough files were impacted to affect many individuals, though, and some could have their credit ruined by the invasion. The school is offering identity monitoring to those impacted, but that service can only provide notifications - you still need to take action when those notifications arrive.