A Virginia Commonwealth University server that included personal data of more than 176,000 current and former faculty, staff, students and affiliates has been hacked, the university said.
The university is notifying everyone who may have been affected but believes the likelihood that the data included in the files was compromised is “very low.”
The breach was discovered Oct. 24.
Data included either a name or electronic identification, Social Security number and, in some cases, date of birth, contact information and various programmatic or departmental information.
The server was taken offline and a forensic investigation was launched in an effort to identify what had happened and what led to the compromise, according to the school.
VCU is working with local and federal officials during the investigation.