UMD Data Breach Not as Widespread as Previously Thought; Older Records Accessed

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014  |  Updated 12:19 PM EDT
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UMD Data Breach Numbers Revised Down to 287K

The "M Circle" at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The University of Maryland data breach may not be as widespread as first feared, but school officials say older records may have been accessed.

According to school officials, more than 20,000 record contained incomplete or inaccurate data, bringing the total number of alumni, students and staff members affected by the breach to 287,580. But records for students who attended UMD as early as 1992 may have been among the breached data, not just the previously reported year of 1998.

The breached records included names, social security numbers, dates of birth and the university ID numbers of staff members and students affiliated with the university's College Park and Shady Grove campuses.

Loh said the data breach did not include financial, academic, health or contact information.

To help those affected by the breach, the university is offering five years of free credit monitoring to those affected by the breach. So far, nearly 30,000 people have signed up.

If you have additional questions about the breach, call 301-405-4440 or email datasecurity@umd.edu. The university has also set up a webpage for information on the breach, which includes tips to protect yourself and the numbers of credit monitoring services.

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