Florida University Discovers Security Breach, 11,000 Affected

Published: June 16, 2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – More than 11,000 current and former students at the University of Florida will soon receive letters explaining a security breach at the university, which allowed names, addresses and Social Security numbers to be posted on the Internet.

According to news reports, student employees in the Office of Academic Support and Institutional Service worked with the information online but failed to install security measures to prevent others from viewing the information. The data was active from 2003-2005; however, the information remained posted even when it was no longer required for viewing.

After a routine audit of the system, officials discovered the information was still available. It has since been removed.

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