63,000 Social Security numbers stolen in UCF data hack
Social Security numbers of 63,000 current and former UCF students, faculty members and staff were stolen from the UCF network, the university confirmed Thursday morning.
UCF discovered the unauthorized access in January, and university officials immediately reported the incident to law enforcement and launched an internal investigation with the assistance of a national digital forensics firm, according to a release.
No credit card information, financial records, medical records or grades were obtained in the hack.
“Safeguarding your personal information is of the utmost importance at UCF,” President John C. Hitt said in an email to the campus community this morning. “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.
“Every day, people and groups attempt to illegally access secure data from institutions around the world. Higher education institutions are popular targets. UCF will continue to work diligently to protect this important information from those who would break the law to get it.”
UCF will notify those affected via letters that should be received the week of Feb. 8, according to the release. The university is also offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity-protection services for those affected.
UCF has started taking actions to enhance user account and security on the university's computer network.
For more information on the incident, visit www.ucf.edu/datasecurity. A call center is also available at 877-752-5527.
Rosie Reitze is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @rosie_ucf or email her at RosieR@centralfloridafuture.com.