UPDATE: University of Central Florida is now facing at least two lawsuits in the wake of the security breach that exposed more than 63,000 names and social security numbers belonging to students and staff, according to the Orlando Sentinel. A third suit has already been dismissed by a U.S. District Court, she reports.
The latest suit comes from a former student. The other was filed by the former manager of the men’s basketball team who claims his bank account was wiped out as a result.
The hack is under investigation by the FBI’s Jacksonville office.
University of Central Florida officials revealed Thursday that some 63,000 Social Security numbers and names of students and staff both former and current had been hacked.
University officials discovered the hack on Jan. 8, reporting it to authorities and launching an internal investigation then, but telling students in a letter from the school’s president dated today. (Feb. 4, 2016) Those whose information was compromised
Those whose information was compromised will be getting a letter by mail explaining ow to sign up for a year of free credit monitoring and identity-protection services, according to the announcement signed by President John C. Hitt.
According to the letter, the university is working with a national digital forensics firm. They report that the breach did not include credit card information, financial records, medical records or grades.
The university has set up a call center: 1-800-752-5527 that is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday to field questions. It has also created a web page devoted to the incident that included recommendations on protecting your identity.
“UCF will continue to work diligently to protect this important information from those who would break the law to get it,” Hitt wrote.
According to the post, more information on who was affected by the hack:
Based on our investigation, we believe the intrusion into the university’s computer network resulted in unauthorized access to certain personal information for two groups.
One group includes some current student-athletes, as well as some former student-athletes who last played for UCF in 2014-15. This group also includes some student staff members, such as managers, supporting UCF teams.
The second group includes current and former university employees in a category known as OPS, or Other Personal Services. Examples of positions in this category include undergraduate student employees (including those in work-study positions), graduate assistants, housing resident assistants, adjunct faculty instructors, student government leaders and faculty members who have been paid for dual compensation/overload (for example, teaching additional classes). If you are not sure of your employment category, you can check with your supervisor or your department’s human resources representative. Employees who previously held but do not currently hold OPS positions may be included.