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University Of Maryland Hacked, Social Security Numbers Lost

U. Of Maryland Hacked, Social Security Numbers Stolen

The University of Maryland suffered a data breach Tuesday, in which hackers made off with records for more than 30,000 current and former students.

According to a release from university president Wallace Loh, names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and University identification numbers were all stolen.

"But the school believes financial and health information is safe. The breach affects students dating back as far as 1998." (Via WTVR)

"Many are wondering how something like this could happen. The university does have a computer forensics team working to figure that out. Students are worried about the implications." (via NBC Washington)

Maryland is now, unfortunately, in the same club of a lot of prominent universities.

The New York Times reports universities have been steady targets for hackers in recent years. In 2012 alone, more than 50 universities including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell and Princeton suffered breaches that compromised personal information.

Maryland's president said the college needs to do more to harden its systems against attacks.

"We recently doubled the number of our IT security engineers and analysts. Obviously, we need to do more and better, and we will." (Via Los Angeles Times)

The university is offering a year of free credit monitoring to those affected by the breach.

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kveinarthusus February 20 2014 at 12:28 PM

The title of the article says the numbers were "lost". They weren't lost, they were stolen. And, likely, they were copied and the university still has the numbers.

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fred February 20 2014 at 12:50 PM

Notice how the hacking continues and security gets worse? But be sure to put your faith in what financial institutions and businesses tell you about how safe internet transactions are.......:)

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tpat912 February 20 2014 at 3:07 PM

All the people who had their information hacked should sue the **** out of The University of Maryland. Perhaps after a major financial loss these acedemics might wake up and provide security appropriate to this situation.

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kimmaronski February 20 2014 at 3:57 PM

The figure for stolen SSN's is >300,000...you have a typo.

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Tony February 20 2014 at 4:19 PM

IF THEY CAN'T PROTECT PERSONAL INFORMATION THAN THEY SHOULD .....NOT.....PUT THEM IN COMPUTERS.....LEAVE THEM IN FILES AND STORE THEM....BESIDES WHY WOULD THEY PUT INFORMATION ON PEOPLE FROM 30 YEARS AGO OUT THERE WHERE IT CAN BE HACKED....

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gunsnnovas February 20 2014 at 5:49 PM

It's hard to believe that these places, where purportedly professional educators hold sway, are such easy prey, year after year, for hackers. Perhaps the educators need to learn? As University after University discovers that sensitive information has been stolen, why don't they do something BEFORE they are hit?

THIS is all that these people are capable of? Beware their abilities to teach.

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Bobbie Schneider February 20 2014 at 6:15 PM

Just think what these hackers could do if they put their "so called skills" to work at a real job instead of harming other peoples lives.

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