Officials at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte recently revealed that they learned about a pair of online security breaches that lasted for quite some time.
Both breaches were the result of security vulnerabilities that left information exposed online, according to a report from Charlotte television station WBTV
. The first affected general university systems over a course of three months, and the other exposed data for UNCC's College of Engineering for more than a decade.
In all, about 350,000 people had their names, addresses, financial accounts and Social Security numbers exposed in the breaches, which the school discovered in January, the report said. However, officials failed to begin notifying staff and students about the incidents until mid-February. The school also created a website on which it will post information about the incidents, and set up a toll-free hotline those who may have been affected can call for more details.Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, writes regularly on his official blog about what consumers can do when their personal information is exposed in a data breach
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