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Nebraska university security breach could affect 650,000

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

While a computer breach at a university is bad enough, it could be made worse if the breach covered not only student information but financial data of their parents as well.

Recently, the University of Nebraska at Omaha disclosed that someone had illegally accessed records of more than 650,000 students, staff and alumni at the university. However, it was also announced that the breached database included personal records for students and their parents, if they applied for financial aid.

In addition to the alumni records, bank information of some 30,000 students, their Social Security numbers, addresses, housing information, financial aid records and transcripts were compromised.

“When an incident happens we bring all of the necessary resources. We had probably 25 to 30 individuals working on this since the moment it happened,” said a university spokesperson.

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The University of Maryland has been the subject of a massive data breach, leaving the personal accounts of students, faculty and staff vulnerable.

University officials anticipate that the data breach includes information on anyone who was issued a campus ID for university’s College Park and Shady Grove campuses since 1998 – an estimated 309,079 students, faculty and staff accounts.

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There seems to be a new data breach reported every week, and a growing number of them are taking place on the college campus.

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St. Edward’s University, like many other institutions, uses student ID cards for physical access to campus buildings as well as to make purchases on campus. These functions are in place as a safety measure and St. Edward’s is making sure to stress this to its students.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is investigating a recently discovered data breach, which could potentially affect more than 6,000 people.

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