UCF Leaks the Data of Tens of Thousands of People

The numbers right now say 63,000.  However in nearly every one of these cases the numbers end up being much much larger than initially reported.  Also the media is referring to this as a hack and I’m not so sure we should be calling it that yet.  Not all data breaches are hacks and using the term “hack” could be a cleaver way of trying to disguise inept security.

From the Sun Sentinel


UCF first became aware of the security data breach on Jan. 8 and on Jan. 15 officials realized the data breach affected a larger group of people than initially thought, Hartman said.

“We became aware of the outside party or parties gained access into the information in the administrative systems,” Hartman said.

Hartman declined to say how the school discovered the situation, citing the ongoing investigation.

The investigation into the details of what happened was finished Wednesday, he said when asked why the delay for notifying the current and former students and employees.

“We have taken significant means to protect the data we have,” Hartman said. “The fact someone is able to get access to it is a great concern to us.”

School leaders said the school is taking steps to make sure a security data breach doesn’t happen again.

“To ensure our vigilance, 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,” UCF president John Hitt said in a news release.

For more information, people can reach UCF’s call center at 877-752-5527 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, or the website www.ucf.edu/datasecurity

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