63K Social Security numbers stolen in University hack in Florida

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63K Social Security Numbers Stolen in University Hack in Florida


The University of Central Florida, a school with one of the largest enrollments in the country, faced an enormous data breach in early January, but it's only just now announcing the hack.

University President John C. Hitt said in a post the Social Security numbers of about 63,000 past and present students and faculty were stolen during the unauthorized entry.

The university has yet to notify those affected, but says it will be sending letters to the victims with instructions for securing a year of free credit-monitoring.

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63K Social Security numbers stolen in University hack in Florida

10. (TIE) Johns Hopkins University
Location: Maryland
Undergraduate enrollment: 6,469
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $48,710
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1

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10. (TIE) California Institute of Technology
Location: California
Undergraduate enrollment: 983
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $45,390
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 3

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9. University of Pennsylvania
Location: Pennsylvania
Undergraduate enrollment: 9,746
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $49,536
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1

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8. Duke University
Location: North Carolina
Undergraduate enrollment: 6,626
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $49,341
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 2

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7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Location: Massachusetts 
Undergraduate enrollment: 4,512
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $46,704
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1

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4. (TIE) The University of Chicago
Location: Illinois
Undergraduate enrollment: 5,681
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $50,193
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 4

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4. (TIE) Stanford University
Location: California
Undergraduate enrollment: 7,019
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $46,320
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 3

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4. (TIE) Columbia University
Location: New York City
Undergraduate enrollment: 6,170
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $51,008 (2014-2015)
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1

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3. Yale University
Location: Connecticut
Undergraduate enrollment: 5,477
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $47,600
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1

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2. Harvard University
Location: Massachusetts 
Undergraduate enrollment: 6,694
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $45,278
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1
1. Princeton University
Location: New Jersey
Undergraduate enrollment: 5,391
2015-2016 Tuition & Fees: $43,450
Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1
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According to the Orlando Sentinel, officials waited nearly a month to notify victims because they wanted to finish the investigation.

The outlet spoke to the university's IT manager who said, "all the information [UCF has] indicates there has been no attempt to use this information for identity theft or fraud or other financial means."

Normally, this is where we'd tell you to set up a stronger password or implement two-factor authentication. But therein lies the problem: A stronger password won't do you any good if the places where your data is stored are vulnerable in any way.

Which is likely the motivation behind UCF's decision to expand IT security training and review its systems and online protocols.

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