Personal Data of Nearly 45,000 CU Boulder Students Exposed

BOULDER, Colo. – The University of Colorado (CU) College of Arts and Sciences is the latest college to experience a computer breach. In all, the personal information of 44,998 students was exposed.

According to a statement by CU, on May 12, investigators discovered a worm that had entered the server because its security settings were not properly configured by the Academic Advising Center’s IT staff.

As a result, a hacker was able to obtain the names and Social Security numbers of nearly 45,000 students. According to the Associated Press, however, the perpetrator was not seeking personal information. Instead, the hacker wanted to infiltrate other computers.

The university is notifying students enrolled at CU Bolder from 2002 to the present about the compromise of their personal data.

In response to the breach, all Arts and Sciences Advising Center IT operations may be placed under the supervision of the school’s IT services department.

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