Hackers Break Into University, Steal 300K Social Security Numbers
by: Bryon Turcotte / February 20, 2014
According to an article published by ABC News, the University of Maryland's "_personnel information database_" was recently invaded by "hackers," which resulted in the theft of social security numbers for hundreds of thousands of individuals. The article indicates that the attackers compromised a large number of social security numbers – "_dating back to 1998_" – birth dates and college ID data after they accessed the personal records of over 300,000 people – "_faculty, staff, students, and affiliated personnel_" – as confirmed by the article. According to the report, financial, academic, health, or contact information was not compromised in the attack.
University President Wallace Loh was quoted in the article to say, "_I am truly sorry. Computer and data security are a very high priority of our University. With the assistance of experts, we are handling this matter with an abundance of caution and diligence. Appropriate state and federal law enforcement authorities are currently investigating this criminal incident. Computer forensic investigators examined the breached files and logs to determine how our sophisticated, multi-layered security defenses were bypassed. Further, we are initiating steps to ensure there is no repeat of this breach._"
Read more about how the University is dealing with the event's aftermath and how their Vice President of Information Technology called the attack "_sophisticated_" in the full article at ABC News.