Ferris State University is mailing letters to thousands of current, former and prospective students following a data security breach at its campus in Big Rapids, Mich.
The university said that it learned on July 23 an unauthorized person evaded network security and gained access to a computer that was used to operate the its website. Approximately 39,000 people’s names and Social Security numbers were in files that were accessible.
Ferris shut down the server and hired a computer forensic firm to help it investigate and block further unauthorized access. The investigation didn’t find any immediate evidence that the unauthorized person viewed or removed any information and the school hasn’t received any reports from students or employees that information has been misused.
All affected persons are being been notified via letter and additionally being offered of one year of free credit monitoring to address any concerns. Details for those affected by the security breach also are posted on the school’s website.