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Barnstead NH News

March 23, 2016

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Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation Computer Security Breach


Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation has mailed notices informing former Lakes Region high school students who had applied for scholarships during the period between 1996 and 2009 of a computer security breach incident, which may have resulted in the compromise of applicants’ names, addresses and social security numbers.


Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit corporation that provides scholarships to college bound students in the Lakes Region. According to Executive Director Joan Cormier, “on February 15th an employee of the Foundation was contacted via telephone by a person purporting to be calling about a computer error message.  Coincidentally, the employee who answered the telephone was in the process of installing an updated version of an anti-virus software program and had just witnessed an error message screen.  Because of this fact, the employee assumed that the call was legitimate and gave the caller access to the computer system.”  The person said that they were running a test of the system and then told the employee that they “had been hacked” and the computers were compromised.  The employee became suspicious when the caller offered to fix the issue for between $399 and $599 and asked for a credit card.  The employee then hung up, shut all computers down and contacted the Foundation’s IT service provider, Cybertron, Inc. of Belmont, NH, who immediately responded.  Cybertron found that a certain program that would allow for future access of the system had been installed.  Cybertron did not find any evidence that any files had been downloaded during the incident, or that any personal data had been compromised, and the Foundation has since come to believe the security breach was intended as the first step in a now thwarted scheme to access its bank accounts.


In response to the incident, Cybertron immediately uninstalled the program that would have allowed for future access and took additional steps to ensure that the Foundation’s computers would not be accessed again as a result of the incident.   The Foundation contacted its banking institution to put holds on all electronically accessible accounts and subsequently closed and reopened bank accounts in order to safeguard the Foundation’s operating funds and the endowment funds used to provide scholarships.  Cormier stated “our first concern was that we safeguard the funds that have been entrusted to us.  Thankfully, we acted quickly and decisively and not a penny was lost as a result of the incident.”


The Foundation also engaged Lawson Persson & Weldon-Francke, P.C., of Laconia, NH, to ensure that it complied with all legal requirements relating to the incident.  Prior to 2009, the Foundation was required to collect and transmit social security numbers of those individuals who received scholarships to colleges and universities.  Applicant names, addresses, other contact information, and social security numbers were stored in Microsoft Access and Microsoft works database files and totaled 1,966 unique applicants.  This information is protected under NH law and any unauthorized access of this information must be disclosed to those individuals who were affected.  In this case, there was no evidence that personal information was accessed, but also no evidence to conclusively prove that it was not accessed.  Cormier said “regardless of whether we are legally required to do so, we have decided to notify all who may have had their personal data compromised.  It would have been far easier to dismiss this incident and sweep it under the rug as a thwarted theft attempt.  However, as an organization, we believe that it is important that we be upfront, open and honest with our applicants, donors, and the communities that we serve and, for that reason, we are proceeding as if an actual data breach has occurred.”  In addition to the notices mailed to all potentially affected individuals, the Foundation has also notified the NH Attorney General and nationwide consumer reporting agencies of the incident.


Computer data security breaches have become frequent occurrences in recent years with sophisticated large retailers, hospitals and financial institutions falling victim.  However, Tracey Rich, Vice President of Cybertron, stated “the major breaches are what make the 11 o’clock news but small scale breaches occur far more frequently and impact a variety of organizations.  Thankfully, the employee in this case acted appropriately when something didn’t feel right.  Unfortunately, others don’t and the hackers are able to do substantial damage with the information that they are able to covertly obtain.”  Rich said that there are a few simple rules that will help to avoid incidents like this. “If you don’t know someone and know them well, don’t give them access to your computer system.  Make sure that any new software that you are installing is authentic and doesn’t include spyware or other malicious code that can be used to covertly access your computer.  Beware of email attachments or hyperlinks in emails; if you question something, call or email the sender to verify that they actually sent it before opening a file or following a link.  If you need to maintain personal information like social security numbers, make sure that these files are encrypted to prevent third party access to them.  Finally, password protect your systems and make sure that your passwords are not easily guessed.”  Following these guidelines won’t ensure that you won’t be subject to a data breach, but they will greatly reduce the risk of one.


Former applicants, donors and members of the community with questions may contact the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation at 603-527-3533.



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Library Survey


The Oscar Foss Memorial Library has been conducting a survey to find out how we can better serve you in the coming year. You still have time to participate in this survey by visiting our website,, or picking one up from the circulation desk next time you are in. The deadline for submissions is March 31st. We would love to know your thoughts!


Monday Crafternoons!

Join us at the library for Monday Crafternoons every 4th Monday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm. Bring whatever craft project you are currently working on (sewing, knitting or crochet, art work, etc.) down to the library and use our meeting space to create with other crafters!  Share tips and tricks, or use our books for inspiration. Library staff will be on hand to help you find information and there will be coloring pages and colored pencils provided if you don’t currently have a project to work on. Registration is not required, just come on in and join the fun!


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website ( for more information about these or any of our other programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library Hours are: Monday; 2pm-8pm, Tuesday & Wednesday; 10am-5pm, Thursday; 5pm-8pm, Friday; 2pm-5pm, Saturday; 9am-Noon.  



Holy Week And Easter Services At CCNB


Join us for worship during Holy Week and Easter at Congregational Church of North Barnstead, UCC Thursday evening, March 24th at 7pm we gather for the Maundy Thursday and Tenebrae service, remembering Jesus’ last night with his disciples. On that night, Jesus washed the feet of his disciple and said, “Love one another as I have loved you”. We will receive communion and all are welcome at the communion table. We then move into the service of Tenebrae, the Latin word for shadows as we hear about Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, passion, trial, death and burial with a gradual extinguishing of lights.


This is powerful service that draws us into the events that surrounded Jesus in his last days and hours, preparing our hearts us for the resurrection to come.


On Sunday, March 27th, the joy of the resurrection will resound at our 10 am worship service, with brass and hymns and the blessed Easter story told for all ages. After worship there will be coffee hour and an Easter Egg Hunt for children.


CCNB is located at 504 North Barnstead Road, at the north side of Center Barnstead. Going north on Rte. 28, turn right on Peacham Road, travel to the end of the road, and turn right on North Barnstead Road. The church is ¼ mile on the left. Parking is on the street; there is a drop off area in front of the church and accessible parking. We are child friendly and welcome the joyful noise of young children.


Questions? Call our pastor, Rev. Nancy Talbott at 724-4293. Find us on the web @, or on Facebook at “The Congregational Church of North Barnstead, United Church of Christ”.




Robert J. DeButts


Center Barnstead – Robert J. DeButts, 48, of So. Barnstead Road, died Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Concord Hospital.


Born in Concord on January 8, 1968, Robert was the son of the late Richard DeButts and Lorraine (DeButts) Rudd.  He worked as a carpenter for Gemini Construction and Whitten Works. Bob was passionate about many things: He loved his dogs, hiking, camping and NASCAR, however he was most proud of his two children Shawn and Casey. His sense of humor will be missed by all.


He is survived by his partner, Jamie O’Connor; children Casey and Shawn DeButts; his mother and step-father, Lorraine and William Rudd; his siblings and their spouses, Laurie  and Frank McPhee III and Richard DeButts Jr. and Sheri; nieces, Sarah and Makayla ; a nephew, Frank; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.


Friends and family gathered to share memories Thursday, March 17 at the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  Burial took place Friday, March 18 at the New North Cemetery in Nottingham.


Tom Petit of the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an on-line guestbook at








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