Pierce College cyberattack exposed 155,000 people’s data. Is the district at fault?

Personal data belonging to more than 155,000 former Pierce College students and staff was leaked on the dark web after a cyberattack this summer, according to a lawsuit.

The Pierce College District is accused of failing to safeguard the sensitive details, including Social Security numbers and banking information, of people affected by the data breach. Sally McAuley, a district student in 2022 and this year, sued the district for negligence in Pierce County Superior Court in an action that her attorneys intend to be a class-action filing, court records show.

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