Hackers breach college-applicant databases, seek ransom

March 12, 2019 | The Wall Street Journal

Hackers breached the system that houses applicant information for three U.S. colleges in recent days and demanded thousands of dollars in ransom from prospective students for personal information they claimed to have stolen.

The schools include Oberlin College in Ohio, Grinnell College in Iowa and Hamilton College in New York. All three use a system called Slate to track information about students who have applied for admission. Slate is owned by Technolutions Inc.

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