State treasurer: $1.4 million stolen in CHET security breach

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Several people in western Connecticut say they have fallen victim to a security breach involving their college education savings accounts.

Fairfield police say three people were hacked in town losing about $140,000 from their college education fund.

State Treasurer Denise Nappier said in a release Thursday that this is the first known breach in the 20-year history of the Connecticut Higher Education Trust, or CHET.

She says 44 higher education accounts have been hacked in Connecticut and that $1.4 million has been taken.

Lori Torrano, an Edward Jones financial advisor, says to use systems that are read-only to ensure that no one is able to make a change to the account. She says this way no one will be able to take money out, request a check or empty an account.

Fairfield police say the money will be reimbursed. State police and FBI are also investigating.

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