Hacker Strikes Florida Campus
A massive computer security breach at the University of North Florida may have exposed the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of nearly 107,000 students.
An Oct. 15 press release issued by the University reported that from Sept. 24 - 29, a university file containing current and potential students’ personal information may have been accessed by someone “outside the United States.”
“It is possible the intruder’s intent was to either disrupt normal business or use the computer's processing power to launch similar attacks on other computers,” the press release said.
Joanna Norris, Associate Director of Public Relations for the University, told SecurityNewsDaily that the affected computer was taken offline as soon as the incident was reported, and is still offline.
In response to the security breach, the University sent letters and emails to all 106,884 people affected, including 52,853 people whose names and Social Security numbers were compromised, and 54,031 who had their names and dates of birth stolen. The release explained that no academic or financial aid information was accessed in the breach.
It is not known who perpetrated the massive security breach; the University and the FBI are investigating.
Though the compromised server has been secured, the University suggested those hit by the identity theft place a fraud alert on their credit files.