Maricopa Security Breach

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed | Billions sought | Millions affected

It is now official, a $6.25+ Billion class action lawsuit have been filed against MCCCD.
Gallagher and Kennedy has filed a class action lawsuit against MCCCD for the 2011 and 2013 security incidents.



Number of clients represented: 2.5 million
Counts:  Negligence, Negligence on Anti-identification Procedures, Negligence on Notification of Breach of Security System, Breach of Fiduciary duty, Bailment, Breach of the Right of Privacy.
Damages: $2500 per client x 2.5 million people + other damages
This could be very damaging to the future of affordable education in Arizona.
This could have severe implications to jobs at MCCCD.


The Vice-Chancellor of IT knew about the breach – Letter to the organization

The MCCCD Administration has repeatedly said in the press that they did not know how extensive the 2011 breach was.  They go on to say that they were never told how significant this breach was.  Furthermore, they seem to be set in their ways to blame the very same employees that warned them well in advance of the 2013 incident.  The following letter was sent in March 2011 from Vice-Chancellor of IT George Kahkejian to the entire Maricopa Community. It appears that he was very well aware of the details, the magnitude, the involvement of a consulting firm and many other aspects of the investigation.  It is hard to believe that the Chancellor did not see this email. It was sent to ALL MCCCD employees. It is hard to believe that Chancellor Rufus Glasper did not communicate with Mr. Kahkejian in a matter of such importance where even the FBI was involved. The MCCCD Administration is in denial and looking for a scapegoats.  If only they had done what they said they would.

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See timeline of events for this security breach from 2011 to 2014 


The Chancellor was informed of security risks – IT Grievance released

One of the biggest kept secrets have finally been released by MCCCD to the media. There are others but this one is important because it establishes that the MCCCD Administration (Rufus Glasper) was warned well in advance of the 2013 incident that security vulnerabilities existed and had not been addressed. ITS employees had to file an official grievance to let Chancellor Rufus Glasper and the Governing Board know that the identity of millions of people was at risk.  The IT Grievance was sent to the Chancellor by then MAT (Union) representative Kerry Mitchell on behalf of IT employees in October 2013.  Follow-up messages (to be posted later) were sent to Glasper but no action on the grievance was ever taken.

ABC 15 reports in this TV story what they learned from the IT Grievance.

14a – 10-2012 Email from Kerry and Cecilia to Dr Glasper on Grievance