Possible data breach affects Columbia County School district employees

Published: Dec. 21, 2016 at 1:43 PM EST
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Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A message was sent out to Columbia County School District employees and students about a possible data breach.

According to a release, on Nov. 28, the district confirmed one of their servers was compromised by an outside entity.

Immediate action to remove and isolate the server was made.

The school district said Wednesday that no student data was on the server but it did contain some confidential employee information, including personal information such as names, Social Security numbers, and birth dates of their employees, their dependents, spouses, and any other life, dental, or vision insurances beneficiaries.

Employees were told to consider placing a fraud alert on their credit report. The release states an initial fraud alert is free and will stay on your credit file for at least 90 days.

The school district also suggested a security freeze on a credit file. Residents of Georgia who request a security freeze from a consumer reporting agency must pay a fee of three dollars to place, lift, or remove the security freeze. South Carolina residents may do so at no charge, according to the release.

To take advantage of any or all of these options, visit

or to place an initial fraud alert call or email any one of the three credit bureaus using the information below.

Additional information regarding credit reports is available at