The University of Maryland Has Become the Target of a “Target-like” Data Breach

ACADEME BLOG

According to a “breaking news” story distributed by the Washington Post, at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, a hacker gained entry into a supposedly secure database containing the personal records, dating back to 1998, of 309,079 faculty, staff, and students at the University of Maryland’s College Park and Shady Grove campuses.

Among other things, the compromised data includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, and university id numbers.

Although the hackers did not damage any of the files, there is evidence that they copied—“made a digital Xerox of”– the entire database.

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