Data Breach Hits 63,000 University of Central Florida Students and Staff


As many as 63,000 current and former students and staff at the University of Central Florida in Orlando had their names and Social Security numbers compromised when hackers attacked the school’s computer system, the university said Thursday.

Two groups were affected. One consisted of current student-athletes as well as some students who played in 2014-2015, and some athletic department staff. Their names, Social Security numbers, student ID numbers and information about their sport and studies were potentially accessed.

By far the largest group was made up of current and former university employees, mostly students in work-study positions, graduate assistant, housing resident assistants, student government leaders and some adjunct faculty instructors. Their names, Social Security numbers and student ID numbers were accessed.

“I have called for a thorough review of our online systems, policies and training to determine what improvements we can make in light of this recent incident,” university president John Hitt said in a statement.

The breach does not includes credit card information, financial records, medical records, or grades for those whose information was accessed, Hitt said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Elizabeth Weise