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Employee information compromised at Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office

Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office spokesman Rob Meszaros talks about a breach of employee information Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Information for more than 2,500 employees at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office was breached last Friday.

The department notified the employees in an email over the weekend that explained personal information had been sent in an email to a source posing as the assistant superintendent of human resources.

"What was included in that were names of all employees who were paid through our office in 2015, along with their Social Security numbers and gross pay," said school district spokesman Rob Meszaros.

Meszaros said the department has made an identity-theft protection plan available to affected employees.

"We've partnered with a third-party vendor known as Kroll, and to give our employees some piece of mind, we've given them some cost-free protection plan that they can enroll into and it will be good for a year," Meszaros said.

The KCSOS notified the Bakersfield Police Department, which is in the "early stages" of investigating the case, Sgt. Gary Carruesco said.

"We are in the process of gathering information from their technology department, which will hopefully lead us to where this originated," the police sergeant said.

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