21 Feb 2012

Data breach at college exposes Social Security numbers

Central Connecticut State University may need to revamp its internet security procedures after a breach infected its computer system, potentially exposing more than 18,000 former and current employees' Social Security numbers. James Estrada, CIO of the university, said student workers are affected as well.

"After conducting forensic analysis, we have been unable to determine if any data was stolen or used in an unauthorized manner - only that that data was vulnerable for eight days in early December," Estrada said, according to NBC Connecticut. "As soon as the virus was detected, we acted immediately to protect the data by taking the impacted computer offline."

The virus involved was supposedly the malware virus Z-Bot, according to the university. One student, Damian Hordejuk, told the news source that his biggest fear is that his credit will be hurt by this data breach.

No other private details were exposed other than the SSNs, Estrada said. An email was sent out to the entire campus apologizing for any inconvenience that may have been caused by the virus, but a new internet seucrity system may be in order as well.