Data breach hits University of Md.
More than 300,000 personal records for faculty, staff and students who have received identification cards at the University of Maryland were comprised in a computer security breach this week, school officials said.
The breach occurred on Tuesday, when an outside source gained access to a secure records database that holds information dating back to 1998. Brian Voss, vice president and chief information officer at U-Md., said officials believe that whoever got into the database duplicated the information, which includes names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and university identification numbers for 309,079 people affiliated with the school on its College Park and Shady Grove campuses.
The hackers did not change anything within the computer system, but Voss said the attackers essentially "made a Xerox of it and took off."
In a letter to the university community, president Wallace D. Loh said university officials are investigating the breach and doing what they can to prevent further intrusions.
Meghan Land, an attorney for the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, based in San Diego, said the breach was both large and significant because it included Social Security numbers.