On Feb. 25, UCF alumnus Jeremiah Hughley filed a class-action lawsuit against UCF for negligence regarding the data breach that compromised 63,000 Social Security numbers.
In the lawsuit, Hughley alleged that his bank account was compromised as a result of the data breach. Because this is a class-action suit, Hughley's search for monetary, non-monetary, and non-monetary declaratory or injunctive relief will be for everyone who was affected by the data breach. Hughley is being represented by John Yanchunis Sr., a lawyer with Morgan and Morgan.
UCF has 20 days to file their response to the lawsuit, or else they will have to comply with the suit and fulfill the demands by Hughley.
A similar class-action lawsuit was filed on Feb. 5 by alumni Logan Berkowitz and Anthony Furbush.
In an email sent out on Feb. 4, President John C. Hitt said that the safeguarding of personal information is extremely important to UCF. He called for a review of university's online systems and policies to determine what improvements could be made.
According to the statement, UCF reported the incident as soon as they realized what happened. UCF said the data breach occurred Jan. 8, 2016 but didn't publicly announce the breach or whose data was stolen until Feb. 4. The police report with UCFPD was filed on Feb. 12, 2016.
UCF has a call center focused on helping those whose data has been compromised. They can be reached at 877-752-5527. For more information from UCF regarding the data breach and tips on how to handle the situation, please visit www.ucf.edu/datasecurity.
We've reached out to John Yanchunis Sr. for comment and are in the process of obtaining the original police report filed by the university.
UCF has declined to comment.
Alissa Smith is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @thealissasmith or email her at AlissaS@centralfloridafuture.com.