The University of South Carolina recently began notifying 34,000 people associated with its College of Education that their personal information was exposed in a hacking attack.
The attack, which took place close to three months ago, is the result of the latest data security breach suffered by the school in the last six years, according to a report from the Columbia newspaper The State
. In all, as many as 81,000 records may have been exposed in six breaches during that time. This incident, however, was the largest.
The hack may have exposed the names, addresses and Social Security numbers for students, staff and researchers who were connected to the college as far back as 2005, the report said. The incident was discovered on June 6, but it's not clear exactly how many people had their data exposed. Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the problems hackers pose for both consumers and organizations that suffer their attacks, and what can be done to remediate these issues.
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