Washington College Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Washington College regarding its recent data breach. The Washington College data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to more than 13,000 individuals.


Washington College is a private liberal arts and sciences college in Maryland. Founded in 1782, Washington College was the first college chartered in the United States after the Revolutionary War and was named in honor of its founding patron, George Washington. Today, Washington College offers 31 majors and 49 minors in humanities, fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. Additionally, Washington College is a charter member of the Centennial Conference in NCAA’s Division III and offers 18 intercollegiate athletic programs at the varsity level.2 With its main campus located in Chestertown, Maryland, Washington College enrolls approximately 1,400 full-time students annually.


On March 14, 2023, Washington College discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed and acquired. Through its investigation, Washington College determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed and acquired this sensitive information through a ransomware attack between February 11, 2023, and March 14, 2023. On November 15, 2023, Washington College began notifying individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Passport number

If you received a breach notification letter from Washington College:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or sam@turkestrauss.com.

If you were impacted by the Washington College data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by Washington College;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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