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.
As CNN Money reports, the compromised accounts store sensitive data including name, Social Security number, date of birth and university ID number – enough information to do some serious damage. University officials insist that no additional financial, academic or health information has been compromised.
State and federal law enforcement authorities are in the process of investigating the data breach and as an additional measure, The University of Maryland has formed its own internal group to investigate the hack. In the meantime, the university is offering one year of free credit monitoring to those affected by the attack.
The breach was discovered within four hours of the initial attack. The hacker was able to bypass several layers of advanced security en route to copying the user account information leaving little more than a trace, says Brian Ullman, assistant vice president of marketing and communications at the school.
Ullman insists that the attacker did not delete or corrupt files. The university cannot at this time determine the exact number of accounts over the 16-year period that has been affected.