19,500 Student Information at Risk Due to Security Breach
October 23, 2011
Florida International University recently discovered that a database containing Social Security numbers, birth dates, names and school records of some 19,500 past and present students may have been hacked and/or accessed recently.
Letters have been sent to all the students that may have been affected. An investigation is underway to determine with the IT department if there was any additional access to the file, and the school is advising all the students to consider placing fraud alerts on their credit reports through the three major credit bureaus. Additional protection may include identity theft protection services, which can monitor their financial and credit accounts to catch suspicious and unusual activity.