System vulnerability at Conn. state university may have exposed student data
Western Connecticut State University does not believe the records of 233,880 people were inappropriately accessed
IDG News Service - Western Connecticut State University said Thursday that a vulnerability in its computer system present for more than three years may have exposed the data of 233,880 students and other people affiliated with the institution.
The vulnerability has now been fixed, and it is not believed that the system was inappropriately accessed, the university said. The data exposed included names, addresses, Social Security numbers and financial account information supplied by prospective students when applying to the university as well as lists of SAT scores bought by the school. The university said buying test scores is a common practice in higher education.
"Since discovery of the exposure, the university has dramatically increased its information protection capacity with new layers of protection," the school said. "The university will continue to assess and improve all aspects of its information security."
The information exposed dated back to 1999. The vulnerability was present in the system between April 2009 through September this year. The university did not describe the vulnerability in its news release.
WCSU is offering two years of credit monitoring to those affected from the company AllClear ID. A It has also set up a web-based form where people can enter their last name and the last four digits of their Social Security number to see if their data was exposed.
The university notified the office of the Attorney General Connecticut of the problem.
Send news tips and comments to email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk
- Radicati: Cloud Business Email - Market Quadrant 2013 Google was named the top cloud business email provider in a recent report by research firm Radicati. Out of 14 key players, Google...
- Tablets in the Enterprise: A Checklist for Successful Deployment How can you enterprise manage and secure tablets in order to protect corporate data while providing access to the information and applications employees...
- Enterprise Mobility: A Checklist for Secure Containerization The advantages and disadvantages of the multiple approaches to containerization. Learn More>>
- Enterprise File Sync & Share Checklist File sync and share has changed the way people work and collaborate in today's tech-savvy world. Gone are the email roadblocks, clunky FTP...
- Live Webcast LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users?
- LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users?
- On-demand webinar: "Mobility Mayhem: Balancing BYOD with Enterprise Security" Check out this on-demand webinar to hear Sophos senior security expert John Shier deep dive into how BYOD impacts your enterprise security strategy... All Security White Papers | Webcasts