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The University of Wisconsin-Parkside recently began notifying approximately 15,000 students that their personal information may have been exposed after hackers installed malware on a university server (h/t DataBreaches.net).
The data potentially exposed includes the names, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and Social Security numbers of students who were admitted or enrolled at UW-Parkside since the fall of 2010.
The malware was first discovered by Campus Technology Services staff during routine maintenance on March 16, 2014. The infected server was immediately shut down, and the university hired 403 Labs to investigate the breach.
The university says that while the investigation "found evidence indicating that the attacker's motive was not identity theft," all affected students are being notified "so that they may take the proper steps to protect their identity and monitor their credit reports and financial statements."
"We apologize for any concern this issue may cause the students and their families potentially affected," UW-Parkside CIO Ilya Yakovlev said in a statement. "We believe the chance of sensitive data falling into the wrong hands is remote. At the same time, we have a responsibility to move quickly, conduct a thorough investigation, and ensure that this does not happen again."
Students with questions are advised to contact (888) 766-2712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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