“A database within the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School that contained Social Security numbers and name pairs corresponding with 1,213 Law School applicants for 2005-’06 was hacked last month, the university announced Tuesday.
The university became aware Nov. 3 that the database had been breached, and sent notices to those affected Dec. 6, offering them free credit monitoring for a year to help protect them against identity theft. No other personal identification information was contained in the files, according to a news release.
The university removed from the server the records that were likely accessed by the cyber attacker and reported the incident to law enforcement for further investigation. The breach also was reported to three national credit reporting agencies, the news release said.
“Security measures have been increased, including implementing additional vulnerability identification programs, evaluating current computer applications and decommissioning those no longer needed, tightening credentials for access to databases, and deploying additional network intrusion detection,” the news release said.”
Author: Karen Herzog